Bridges Blog Archive for Classroom Management

An Unexpected Lesson

The third graders in Linda Friesen’s class at Gervais (Oregon) Elementary School learned an unexpected lesson during a recent session on area. Although Linda pulled name sticks for random teams, she ended up with one group made up of students who usually excel and another of students who often struggle.


All Systems Go!

Now that we're a couple of months into the school year, it's a good time to reflect on your Number Corner systems. Here are a few tips from a second grade teacher that may help your reflective process...


Life-Sized Work Places

Life-Sized Work PlacesAmanda Goedge, math curricular leader from Chippewa Valley Schools in Michigan, shares this fabulous tip:


Tips for Work Places

Work Places are a favorite time in my classroom. The room bursts with positive energy as students are practicing, learning, and mastering their math skills. I’ve found this an excellent time to “dipstick” for clarity and understanding. Establishing Work Place routines takes time and practice, though. Throughout my 14 years as a Bridges teacher, I continue to find ways to help my students reap success and to help this time go smoothly.


The Power of Facilitating

The Power of FacilitatingSometimes at this time of year I get caught up in the get-ready-for-the-state-test frenzy rather than remembering how crucial it is for students to voice their thoughts with each other and the larger group.


How Not to Hide Out in Plain Sight

How Not to Hide Out in Plain SightHere’s what I learned when a colleague video-recorded my class recently: we teachers miss a lot! In the video I could see myself responding in great detail to one group’s work, helping them see what they’d accomplished and leading them on to the next steps. As I walked away, the camera stayed focused on the students. Seconds went by.


When the Girls Get Loud

When the Girls Get LoudWhen I reflect on the overall pattern of my math lessons, I notice that instruction happens through my interaction with individuals and small groups, as well as through whole group presentations and accompanying class discussion. Knowing that, I worry that some students may be demanding and receiving more of my attention than others.


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