Reflection: Relevance It's Not Just Game Play! - Section 1: Creating Norms and Routines


I take math time seriously. I want to develop a math community, where my students are able to work together, trust each other, question each other, and teach each other.  

Game time is a motivational approach to math practice. It is also critical to building our math community.  You may notice, as I always do, that there are arguments, confusion about each person's understanding of how to play the game, students not on task, etc.  These are all teachable moments and make great closing or opening mini lessons.  

Interactive modeling is appropriate to help students know what behaviors look like, sound like, and feel like. Two modeling approaches I use are the Fishbowl technique, and role play. Teacher modeling, interactive modeling, and proactive reminders should be part of classroom practice throughout the year. We have to remember these students are 8 years old and learning all facets of being a learning community.

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It's Not Just Game Play!

Unit 1: Developing Mathematical Practices
Lesson 4 of 5

Objective: Students will be able to work together to play math games and communicate their mathematical understandings.

Big Idea: Partner work during math sessions occurs almost daily. Developing classroom norms and routines, including appropriate behavior in math games, is a critical component for success.

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Math, Classroom Culture and Climate, Number Sense and Operations, Operations , addition games, student games, partnership work, communication, math talk, classroom norms
  60 minutes
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