## Reflection: Organizational Systems Adding and Subtracting Decimals - Section 4: Independent Practice

During independent practice, I carry around my Circulation Tracker to help me keep track of information that's important to me.

Each day, I make note of the standard that is the focus of the lesson.  I save the trackers, and writing the standard makes it easy for me to file and reference later, as I am thinking about review and reteach.

I pick a problem from the independent practice to focus on during my circulation.  At the bottom of this sheet, I make myself notes about what to look for. This list contains what I want all students to do (annotation, line up the decimals, etc) and also common errors that I want to keep in the forefront of my mind.

In the left hand column are the names of my classes (Fairfield, Miami, UConn) - I use the same sheet all day.

I keep quick tally marks for whether or not each student completed the problem correctly.  I can compare this with exit ticket data to get a sense of how student mastery progressed over the course of the lesson.

The next section is for exemplary work.  I make note of problems that look great, so that I can show the student work on doc cam for the class to see.  This gives me a chance to recognize great work, and also allows the rest of the class to see examples of exemplary work.

The 'Cycle Back' column is where I make quick notes about students who need to re-do a problem or who made a mistake that I want to be sure gets fixed (ex - in this lesson, if a student isn't lining up the decimals, I'll help them fix the mistake, and then I want to be sure that I check to see that this error isn't happening when I come back a second time).

Finally, I make note of students who are working with urgency.  This is something I've been focusing on in my classroom, and I am giving lots of praise and feedback to kids about it.  This last column can change throughout the year, if there is a focus area I want to track or gather data on.

Organizational Systems: Tracking Independent Work

Unit 1: Number Sense
Lesson 15 of 19

## Big Idea: Since decimals are an extension of the base-ten number system, the same algorithms for calculating with whole numbers apply to decimals.

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Math, Decimals, Number Sense and Operations, division of Korea, factoring polynomial expressions, decimal operations, adding decimals, subtracting decimals, multiples, distributive property, greatest common factor, least common multiple, multiplying
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### Carla Seeger

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