Reflection: Shared Expectations Using a Calendar - Section 3: Independent Practice


At the beginning of the year, it took me a long time and a lot of practice to teach my students about interrupting guided group time. Constant interruptions during this time are frustrating for the students I am working with and me. 

I have a particular table in the back of my room where guided groups take place. Students know that while I am at this table interruptions that are non-emergencies are not acceptable. I tell students unless someone is bleeding or puking, they must save what they need to share. It seems graphic but it works. If a student begins to interrupt a group, I put 2 fingers in the air (indicating bleeding or puking) without talking while I continue on with my group. The student sees the non-verbal cue, turns around, and walks away.

  Guided Group Management
  Shared Expectations: Guided Group Management
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Using a Calendar

Unit 16: Holiday Math Centers
Lesson 8 of 10

Objective: Students will be able to use their number sense, and knowledge about calendars to create a January calendar for the new year.

Big Idea: Students celebrate the 1st month of a new year by creating their very own calendar.

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