Update on my math centers-suggestions?

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  1. TamiJ

    TamiJ Virtuoso

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    I am still working through my creation of math centers, and am hoping that if any of you have further advice, or would even like to comment/make suggestions about what I am doing, please do.

    This past week I introduced math centers (thanks for everyone's help here). This is the first time I have done math centers (we do daily 3, so they know about rotations, and we do Friday centers, so they are used to the format). Here is how I am doing math now:
    Monday: Spiral review/calendar....direct instruction...individual math practice

    Tuesday:Spiral review...calendar....math centers (I meet with group A, there are only 2 rotations either meet with me & folder, or hands-on and folder).

    Wednesday: Spiral review...Calendar....math centers (2 rotations: I meet with group B and then they do folder, all other groups do hands-on and folder).

    Thursday:Spiral review...Calendar...math centers (2 rotations: I meet with group C and then they do folder, all other groups do hands-n and folder).

    So, it seemed to go ok, but as always, I just feel so edgy during centers because there is so much going on. The centers are 20 minutes long, but still, I feel rushed. Also, it is taking longer to do math now....But, this is the only way I can figure out to do this. My kids have anywhere from 2-3 specials a day, so that's 2-3 hours a day they are in another class...

    Any comments on how I am doing my centers (hopefully my explanation isn't too confusing), or suggestions? Any tips? I hope this next week goes better, not to say this past week was a total flop, but we will have a few visitors in another week because we are going through a second accreditation, and I will likely be observed. I just want to get this perfected by then.
     
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  3. TeachinHicks

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    no advice, but good luck with the accreditation. We just went through our first this week and got the recommendation for accreditation which is awesome for us!

    I do Math Centers only once a week on Fridays. I have 4 centers for about 20 minutes or so each. I spend the rest of the week doing some whole group and some small group/partner work. It seems to be working well with both my groups of kids. I use that center time to review skills through games/hands on activities. I often pull a small group to work on things that they are struggling with. My math scores so far have been pretty good...
     
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    Oct 16, 2010

    Thanks, TeachingHicks. Congrats on the recommendation for the accreditation. :)
     

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