One of the things I have been really working on this week is how to manage the paper with 120+ students next year. Here are my goals for the year:
- The person doing the work is the person doing the learning... The kids need to be working in class, not watching me work. That means I need to do more problems while they work on whiteboards, card sorts, gallery walks, etc. They need to be actively engaged at all times.
- I need to integrate more writing and spiraled AP review.
The second goal is going to be a bit more of a challenge for me. I realized today while at the workshop that I don't ask my students to do AP problems nearly enough. With large classes and several of them, the writing really got away from me. I plan to integrate more groups here, where the kids have to work with their partners to create a "group answer". Then I only have 8 papers per class to read/give feedback instead of 32 per class.
What are your favorite ways to actively engage students in your classroom? How do you manage the paper trail?
I am on a personal challenge to blog every day in July, just to see if I can do it. I would love to have you join me! If you are worried that you've missed a few days, please don't stress.. just jump on in! Maybe a month is too much, that's okay, try it for a week, or every other day, or once a week.. whatever works for you!
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The bloggers (so far)
Robin at Flip! Learn! Share
Bridget at Reflections in the Plane
Teresa at GeometryWiz
Sherrie at Middle School Math Rules!
Brooke at Sined, Sealed, Calculated
John at Functions are Fun
Jedidiah at Math Butler
Pam at the radical rational
Roxy at Rockstar Math Teacher
Paul at TeacherPaulP
Tina at Palmer's Ponderings
Cindy at School Stuff
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