How long is your math block?

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  1. DrivingPigeon

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    If your district/school has a required amount of time that teachers must spend on math each day, how long is that block?

    We have a 60-minute math period, and I always feel like that is never enough. I think math should be at least 90 minutes (especially since I would like to do Math Daily 5/Guided math this year).
     
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    60 minutes here as well!
     
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    We're supposed to do 90 minutes.
     
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    Jealous!

    I am trying to re-structure my block, and there are so many things I want to include. We're encouraged to do a 10-20 minute daily routine, a hands-on lesson (which can last anywhere from 10-30 minutes, really), and then give students time to apply the new skills/strategies taught. We are also supposed to include math interviews, and guided math groups. Not to mention, I want to include more "wrap-up" discussions, and math journals. I am not seeing how this is going to happen in 60 minutes. :dizzy:
     
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    We only have 45 minutes! I always need to "steal" time from social studies! I need a minimum of 60 minutes. I hope that my schedule improves for next year!
     
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    We have 60 mins, plus 15 mins at another time in the day for "10 minute math" as part of the Investigations program.
     
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    As long as I make it...generally about 45 minutes.
     
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    90 minutes, in 3-5, 60 minutes in k-2
     
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    We have as long as we schedule. The only mandatory block we have is for reading. I am trying to plan for an hour each day.
     
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    We have 60 minutes. I always feel like I need more! I teach 2-3 grades of math depending on the year. I'm teaching two next year. I'm hoping to carve out a little more time at least 3 days/week since I'd like to incorporate more of math workshop and math talks.
     
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    We are required to have 50 minutes a day by the state, but I schedule 60. We use Saxon Math, and some days the lesson run longer than 60 minutes, but all of the components that Driving Pigeon mentioned are part of the lesson for the day.
     
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    I'm not sure what the "requirement" is (I'm new to the school), but our math block is 90 minutes. I'm really excited about the length because 60 minutes always seemed too short in my student teaching placements.
     
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    60 as a block + 10 additional minutes (also Investigations).
     
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    We have 50 minutes scheduled, unless the cafeteria calls us early to lunch (a grade is on a field trip or some such). Generally though, I will continue it in the afternoon (goodbye science/health/social studies!) when my kiddos are having problems grasping a skill. Since we will be using the Common Core next year, "technically" we won't have science/ss/health as separate subjects (but we still have to assess and grade materials!) because they are supposed to be included in our ELA instruction. Then again, I teach first grade, so (in my mind) the basic skills like reading and numeracy/basic math facts are more important than the "content areas."
     
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    1 hour per day. I broke it into 2 half hour blocks.
     
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    90 minutes. I sometimes run over depending on the skill.
     
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    We are given 60 minutes for "core" math instruction plus 30 minutes for enrichment/intervention for all students. During the 30 minutes of enrichment/intervention, all students switch classes based on their skill level.
     
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    60 minutes.
     
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    45 min instruction and 15 min math lab. I don't like it as 45 min just isn't enough time at all to cover what I want to cover. I'd definitely prefer an hour and then the 15 min math lab at some other point in the day.
     
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    I will not be teaching math next year, but it will be 90 minutes.

    Last year and all years prior to now, it was 60 minutes. Sometimes last year, I expanded to 75 or 90 if needed.

    Yet since I am team teaching with one other teacher, the other teacher gets the 90 mins. I get for my subject. I MUST teach a 90-minute reading block, so she has a 90-minute math block.
     
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    90 minutes for the past two years, but we wil be surprised if we get to keep that time with the change in how we're trying to get collaboration time.
     
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    At my former school, each subject was a 90 minute block. Math was 5x a week, Language Arts was 4x a week, Science 5x a week and social studies 3x a week. I taught 1st grade, so I was able to alter the schedule to fit my students needs. I enjoyed having the longer math block as it allowed me to really make sure my students understood the material.
     
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    90 minutes. I don't know how much time will be allotted for math at my new school. I hope it will be just as long. They really do need a long enough time period.
     
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    We are required to have 60 min plus 15 for intervention. I have 80 min in my schedule, but I have from time to time shaved 5 min from SS/Sc and/or PE to get in extra time. Even when I do that, I have 30 min SS/Sc and 15 for PE. If it would take longer than 90 minutes, I might as well reteach it tomorrow rather than drive me and the kids to homicidal rage. :D
     
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    Last year, on paper, we had 60 min. In reality, that included a trip to the bathroom after lunch, so in reality it was 45 min. It was torture trying to fit everything in. We can't make our own schedule and my principal wouldn't change it!
     

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