Friday, September 7, 2012

Changing Math Homework Mindset

Once in a blue moon, something happens in my room that causes me to reach out and want more.  Years and years ago, (I was actually teaching 3rd grade at the time) I became very frustrated over the lack of true mastery with my math program.  There simply wasn't enough review built into the lessons for the kids to grasp anything.  I would teach a concept once and move on.  The problem was, the kids just didn't get it.

After scouring the internet, reading tons of books, and using my own bag of tricks, Calendar was born.  And, if you follow my blog, you know I LOVE Calendar.  But it just wasn't enough.  The kids needed more practice then even Calendar could provide.  Word problems, higher level computation....

So I decided to do something radical.  I departed from the tried and true "practice what we did today" homework and created something that, in my opinion, is the best thing I could have created.  A spiral math review program.

Using the standards, and aligning it to my curriculum, doing math in this way has literally saved me the headache and stress of "they just don't get it" because, you see....they do!

Come over to my blog to read more in depth about just how I have done this and enabled my students to soar in math.


Heather said...

Thank you for your post. I am always looking for new ideas for teaching math. I will check out your blog for more information. Thanks for sharing and better yet-thanks for blogging.

~Stephanie said...

Thank you Hearher!

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