I wanted to share some recent photos I took of my Math Focus Wall. I apologize for not posting these photos sooner as I feel I have been promising to post them since school started, but it really has been a busy year thus far. Thank goodness for break and some time for me to blog!
The evolution of my Math Focus Wall has been a work in progress from my creative thought process and planning last school year to the background design seen in this post: The First Sneak Peek and the original design seen here: Take 1.
|TA DA! I think I am finally happy with it|
After a few months of school and actually using the wall with my students I realized that I needed to have two separate sides to reflect the two different courses I teach. On the left is the board for my accelerated math 7 class and the right side is for the three sections of math 7 I teach.
|Accelerated Math 7|
I also changed up some things to make the board work for our class needs. It specifies the CC
standards, lesson, topic, and student objectives for each day, as well as, the Mathia pacing expectation for that week (that is what unit students should be on in our computer program). The poster on the top left of the board is the Mathematical Practice Standards and as you can see I still need to get my Problem Solving Strategies Posters on the top right.
|You can see Math Vocabulary to the left of the Focus Wall|
Creating a Math Focus Wall was a major goal of mine for the 2012-2013 school year and I am very happy with and proud of how it turned out. It was a lot of working putting the wall up this summer. I am also finding it very time consuming to have to create all the posters that go up and can change daily. I use sentence strips for the goals and lesson topics, but it is easier to print out the common core standards and lesson information.
Of course this will all be done for next year, but this year it is a ton of work. I try to create everything in advance for the chapter so it is all ready to go. I like to make sure the focus wall is done for the next day so I don't have to worry about it in the morning when I get to school. I did not realize how labor intensive this all would be because we can do three to five different lessons per week and when the lesson changes so does the focus wall. I do feel it is worth the effort to have this information prominently displayed for students around the SMARTBoard which we use daily.
I would be happy to answer any questions you may have about the math focus wall. #made4math