I had to laugh at myself today as I stood in my classroom facilitating a discussion.
Today's lesson was about missing addends and trying to make connections between different strategies and representations while trying to link addition to subtraction.
This year my school is piloting the MTSS model (multi-tiered system of support). The short story of that is that my classroom is now a very inclusive classroom. With that comes new challenges. I have spent a great deal of time reflecting on the needs of my class and trying to find the best practices to best serve all students. Last year, I started keeping a checklist where I would quickly note who "had it" and who needed extra support. I would use that information to pull a small group right after the lesson, but it wasn’t as effective and purposeful as I would like. I thought I might share my new plan (at least for this moment) with you just in case you are in the same or a similar situation. I’m sure you may have some great ideas as well that could help me out so please share! I am in the “work in progress” state right now.
So it's the beginning of the year. I am always very excited to get a new school year started in my first grade classroom, but training new baby ducks on "how to speak math" takes time. The first day of school I gave our first number talk.