At my new school, we have a period called Extra Block for 40 minutes. This is basically an extra block where we can do whatever we want for the kids. We will alternate the classes we will have each week. The idea of this period of tie is to work with kids on skills that we need to work on. On Wednesdays, I won't have as many kids because some of them will go to band. I like the idea of X-Block but I want to structure it well and be consistent to minimize behavior problems. I also do not want the planning to take me too long. The previous teacher did stations for X-Block every day. He had a teacher station where he pulled struggling kids, a challenge station, and a computer station. He had the struggling kid the whole 40 minutes and had the challenge station and computer station kids switch after 20 minutes. We do have enough chromebooks for every student. I want to do things a little bit different and use this time to do things I might not have time for in my math classes. I personally do not have experience running stations (except one disastrous day when I tried last year) so I would love advice on behavior management when the teacher is working with a small group. My idea for this block is to do something different each day such as: Monday: Whole Group Skill Review: a lesson or practice review of a skill that is coming up (or example, we would review equivalent fractions before teaching ratios), and use the last 5 minutes to independently practice multiplication facts. Tuesday-Thursday: We would start with a whole group number talk or something similar (Which one doesn't belong?, etc.) and then I would pull a small group while the rest of the kids work on a computer game such as prodigy. I am going to ask the previous teacher about the games that his students played on the computer. I feel like I don't want to plan another station if it's only going to be 30 minutes. Friday: Open Response Practice: I would have the kids work on an open response question independently, then with a group, and then work together to write their final solution on chart paper. I would start with easy questions (4th or 5th grade) to get kids used to explaining their thinking clearly. I'm not sure if 40 minutes is enough for this though and the questions would have to be short. Does anyone have ideas/suggestions?