I don't know about you but I am constantly left feeling like there is never enough time in a day to cover all that I want/need to cover....and because of this, I know that every minute counts and is really important. One thing I added to my daily routine a few years ago was my Morning Math meeting. I have posted about this several times so if you want to read more details about it you can check out this link:) HERE
In a nutshell, I set up my little board with a mix of all kinds of math...some review, some new that we haven't even gotten to, ALWAYS multiplication...the kids come to the carpet and sit and solve on their dry erase boards, then we go over the answers. They look forward to this EVERY day.
- it's a great way to spiral in all kinds of skills
-it gives me a quick little assessment of who has it and who doesn't
- it's quick practice
One thing I have found really eye opening is that if a student misses one of the problems, most of the time they are able to explain why, once we have gone over it:) The best thing about this??? The whole things takes about 10 - 15 minutes. We do this every morning at the beginning of our math block.
Some of the MOST valuable minutes in math are right here, on this carpet, in front of this board.
Another little activity I started and wanted to share was our post it challenge. Every morning I write a word problem on the board. When the students come in, they unpack, do their morning routines and then get started on this. I supply a little stack of post its. Once a student solves it, they post it on the board and continue with their morning routine. This is all done BEFORE the bell rings:) As soon as we are done with Morning Math meeting, the kids return to their seats and we go over the post it challenge. Again, just minutes, but really valuable ones:)
Hope one or both of these ideas are something you can use. If you do something different that just takes minutes, I would love to hear about it:) Comment below!