## Reflection: Routines and Procedures Continuing to build mental math skills - Section 2: Whole Group Interaction

If you watch my students here you will see that even a veteran teacher has moments that no matter what you do, you cannot sustain everyone's attention. This lesson is a little dry and it is sometimes difficult to be entertaining and still teach. Here are some of the methods I have used:

1. hands on head while I speak
2. count to 3 and switch to a new seat
3. gather at carpet
4. gather at Smart Board
5. stand while I instruct
6. draw a picture of what I am saying

One of the issues I am battling this year is my math time is at the end of the day. As I am sure you know, little ones are done by the end of the day. Probably no matter how creative I get, it will still be difficult to maintain attention. Just have patience and always be willing to attempt new ideas.

# Continuing to build mental math skills

Unit 10: Place Value
Lesson 16 of 16

## Big Idea: It is a difficult task for first graders to begin using mental math. This lesson is part of a series of lessons to give them practice with subtracting ten from any given two-digit number.

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Math, Place Value, subtract, Tens and Ones, tens
30 minutes

### Jennifer Moon

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