I'm revamping my Math program a bit this year and I'm thinking of having part of that be a 5 point "serious thinking" time in which the students would work on a set of problems for say 5+ minutes. They would get only as much done as they could but it would be a time where they needed to work as hard as they could on the problems at hand. There are a couple of thoughts that are bouncing around in my head... ~Is 5 minutes too much time or not enough time for 5th grade? ~How to determine if a kid is really working on their problems vs. day-dreaming or meandering around in his/her head? ~Will it be hard to do a 5 pt participation type grade on this? What are your thoughts teachers?