Catching My Breath

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How is it that we’re 6 weeks into the school year and this is my first time blogging?! It could be the fact we were out three days last week due to Hurricane Irma and the following two days were a whirlwind. Or the start of a personalized learning format has been taxing. I feel as though I haven’t been able to catch my breath.

My First Two Weeks

I wanted my Math Enrichment classes to be a place students wanted to come and learn math. I wanted it to be a place where they knew they had a voice and flexibility with a balance of structure. So we spent the first two weeks establishing our routines and procedures.

We had flexible seating in our classroom. Seats were assigned using playing cards. Students would enter the classroom, place their book bags near the door, find their seats and read the Daily Message. It worked well for us. Students never fought over who would sit where and they would have all materials needed for class before I was done greeting the last student.

Because students would work independent of my instruction, we needed clear expectations. What better way than for students to set the expectation for themselves. So each class participated in their own affinity map activity.

Each class had their own unique set of expectations in which they were held to during self guided work time. Of course I had to remind some that they in fact set the expectation they we currently not meeting. Ownership goes a long way.

The Work Began Week Three

We didn’t begin jumping into content until the 3rd week of school. The personalized learning curriculum developed for my course has 4 levels for each unit. I had all students begin at level 1.

Each day we were to complete self guided assignments, students would complete our goal setting form before diving into the assignments. At the end of the work session, students would complete a reflection form.

I was in a groove, and 5 weeks into the year, I was informed I was moving to 7th grade…

6 thoughts on “Catching My Breath

  1. So you’re no longer teaching Math Enrichment but “regular 7th grade”?? What?? Who’s taking your classes?? Oh my Gosh!!! Please write soon about how it’s going!!

    (From your I Like to Party t-shirt friend)

    • Hey Deb my I like to party t shirt friend. Yes, a teacher has gone out on medical leave and I have been placed in her position. My classes were absorbed into other connection classes. I didn’t take it well at first. But with this being my first week in my new role, I must say it hasn’t been bad.

  2. Hello! Would you mind sharing what the leveled enrichments look like? I love this idea especially since I am doing a math enrichment class…. but I cannot be in the room with them. They are on the other side of the school while I teach another class during that time. marywhisk@gmail.com

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