When spring hits, we all start thinking about cleaning up our homes and getting ready for the summer season, however when we’re teaching, all we are trying to do is make it to the end of the year. Survival mode kicks in. I always find there is so little time throughout the year to have a good clean up, the one time is before the school year begins.
I don’t mean cleaning up the classroom here, I mean your programme. When was the last time you threw something out that isn’t really needed? Or could the intention you are trying to teach be integrated into something else? Is it something the children could manage themselves without you?
For example…basic facts. Hands up if you get your whole class to sit down at the same time and you read out a basic facts test? Why not get the children to complete a basic facts test online and record their results. Therefore, all you have to do is checkup on them to make sure they are completing the task, that they’re not cheating, and that their results are improving.
Here’s a link to some basic facts sites…
This one is simple, but exactly what you need…http://maths.prototec.co.nz
This is basic facts using basketball as the setting…http://www.abcya.com/math_facts_game.htm
IXL is a great website and lets you complete tasks for a short time every day. Just enough to do some basic facts practice…https://nz.ixl.com/math/
Now you can spend that ten minutes working with a group or student having difficulties or working on next steps.