## Reflection: Routines and Procedures The Challenge of Directions - Section 4: Now You Try

Choice time is something I have built into my classroom routines.  They students have a clear set of behavioral expectations for this time of math class.  In order to successfully provide instruction to students in the small group, I have to ensure that the students who are working on choices will be on task, engaged, and appropriate.

Providing choices helps the students stay engaged and motivated because it allows them to work on content that is most appealing to them.  I try to encourage the students to find a balance of activities to challenge them and provide practice. Some students thrive in a setting where they are able to make choices.

Other students have a very hard time when it is unstructured.  For these students, I give them fewer activities to choose from.

Providing choices, pros and cons
Routines and Procedures: Providing choices, pros and cons

# The Challenge of Directions

Unit 1: Numerical Expressions and Patterns
Lesson 11 of 13

## Big Idea: Students grapple with the challenges of carefully reading questions to answer what is actually asked. Interpreting the directions can be the most challenging part of a problem.

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