Stop worrying about the clock. Set up one day a week for problem-solving games, provide meaningful problem-solving scenarios and don't model too much. The kids I see are spoiled by too much fast action and, dare I say it, too much teacher-led instruction. Remember I am in a school with very small classes. The attention is great but only up to a point. It's not that my kids don't want to think about math, they struggle with thinking about anything. We need to provide more opportunities for higher-level thinking skills. Do I do enough of that? No. I know the dilemma - how do you get kids to use strategies if they can't even multiply? But, I've taken a brave step in language arts (no workbooks, little grammar instruction, no writing prompts, am trying to implement Calkin's Units of Study) and now include more calendar math every morning along with a math problem of the day. I wish I had more time with my kids to do more open-ended inquiry. Because we're a private school, they go to many, many specials a week.