I have developed a daily routine that is posted on my agenda/assignment board. I have laminated the signs and put magnets on the back so it can be changed daily, depending on what we are doing.
1) Warm-Up: This is always posted on the either the SMARTBoard or the chalkboard. Students are expected to come into class and start the warm-up right away.
2) Assignment Check: Completed assignments are stamped and receive 2 pts. Answers to the assignment are always posted on the SMARTBoard. Students are responsible for checking there own work and asking questions if they do not understand a problem. I work out any problems that are requested or that I feel need further explanation. Students are responsible for making sure they understand the concepts prior to any assessments.
3) Lesson, Activity, Problem Solving, or Assessment: Students are responsible for taking notes and for participating in class discussions and activities. Material presented in class will be covered on assignments and assessed through quizzes and tests. Our text is activity based so students will be actively involved in the learning process and participation by all is an expectation. Problems solving is stressed.
4) Assignment: Every effort is will be made to give students some time to begin homework in class. This is done to assure the students have an opportunity to ask questions about the assignment before they leave for the day. Due to the length of some explorations this is not always possible.
This class structure has worked extremely well for me and I am looking forward to making it even better this coming school year.
Areas for development/improvement:
~Improving my warm-up time/problems.
~Exit slips- I want to gauge individual student understanding (which can be overwhelming when you teach over 110 students in a day).
~A more structured set up for intervention and enrichment.
~More differentiation throughout a lesson.
~Math stations- I just have not figured out how to work these at the middle school level. I see the amazing things primary teachers do, and am going to try and adapt the concept to my level.
If you have any feedback for me on my ideas please share.