This is my starting my eighth year of teaching sixth grade math. All of these years have been in the same building, but teaching different classes of math. I have taught a core math class coving all content. I have taught math classes covering only geometry and statistics (while other teachers covered the rest). And, last year, I started teaching two period of pull-out special education math classes and four periods of pull-out math interventions. FAVORITE YEAR EVER! The coolest part is that I get to do it again. Its kind of like kids...you trial and error with the first one, and then get to fix all of your mistakes with the second one...or at least that's how I think it is. I don't know...I have twins :) Both get the trial and error from the beginning. Anyways, next year is my get it right year. Number one thing to change is starting an interactive notebook. I'm still working on what it is going to look like. My biggest problem is that I didn't ask for it on the school supply list that posted over the summer. I cannot make changes once school starts. Soooo, I have to buy them. Spiral notebooks are 17 cents. Composition notebooks are 50 cents apiece. Financially, spiral fits my budget better since I have to buy so many. But, which one is more practical for the classroom??? Feedback please!
Now, how do I make my classroom more interactive??? I am a firm believe that if the kids make it (experience it, play with it, listen to music, watch videos, etc.), they will learn. In a resource or intervention setting, these kids already have difficulty with the content and most have short attention spans. How do I battle that? This year, I'm going to focus on mini-lessons and using math-workshop two days per week.
This last year I found my favorite.video.ever on Youtube. Youtube is a GEM! Preview the video first (lesson learned). But, type in the concept followed by song (example: PEMDAS song) and see what comes up. My favorite video that my kids ask for all the time is by a teacher and is linked below.
We listened to is daily and referred back to it when working problems (what's the job of parenthesis??? hugging up numbers). To much fun :)