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Creating and Collaborating

*Author: Simone Vega, M.Ed*

“I barely get my reading groups in, I can’t imagine trying to doing math groups, as well. I do pull and work with my kiddos who need help and give my others options for doing things when they are finished (or sometimes instead of), but running actual groups seems overwhelming. I’m determined to take it on in Jan, but for now, I’m limping through.”

Gayle

“There is not enough time in the day to teach a math lesson and work in small groups.”

Maria

*more* thing. There are two ways you can structure your groups. Choose the method that will make the most sense in terms of TIME.

I’ve combined my math lesson into my math small groups. My lesson and small groups are not two separate entities. I’ve designed this layout to fit everything into my one hour and fifteen-minute math block. This graphic breaks down my instructional block.

*Learn how I implemented small groups in my classroom with the Beginner’s Guide Blog Post.*

“Resources for the kids who are not working with the teacher.”

Tammy

“[Clarity around] what others are doing when I am with small groups.”

Alicia

“Producing worthwhile, engaging activities for other groups.”

Amy

When students are not with me in small groups, my students are either in “Math Menu” or “Tech Time.” The idea behind having a “Math Menu” is that students are working on grade-level fluency games, and “Tech Time” students are reviewing the math concepts using devices on various sites, such as ST Math.

Learn how how to implement “Math Menu” in this blog post.

Toluca has three 15-minute rotations. The students rotate through the following centers: guided math with the teacher, independent practice, and math games.

In the independent practice center, students are working independently or with partners on math problems that are at their level.

In the math games center, students are playing math-related games either by themselves or with a partner. The games are easy to play, familiar (because they can be reused with different math skills), and they reinforce the current mathematical concept.

**differentiated** small group math resources that include a **pre-assessment, task card practice **(that can be used during guided math *and* as an independent task)**, and games**. Based on how the students perform on the pre-assessment, they are grouped in either a circle, square, or triangle group. The task cards and games are differentiated by shape. You can sign up here to be notified when different standards and grade levels are finished!

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