Bridges Blog Archive for Work Places

Balancing the Digital Classroom & Traditional Classroom

Balancing the Digital Classroom & Traditional ClassroomAs soon as implementing technology into the classroom became the “big thing,” I jumped right on board. I used technology a lot; maybe too much.

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.

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.

Differentiating Work Places

Differentiating Work PlacesWork Places offer an invaluable route for differentiation in my math classroom. When a few students need extra help or extra practice with a math concept, I ask them to meet me at the table during Work Places. I still let them choose a Work Place, but the choices will generally be between two or three activities that target the concept rather than the regular six choices.

Resolved: More Time for Work Places!

Extra Work Place TimeAll teachers start a new school year with resolutions for improving instruction. Mine is now to increase the amount of time my students have for participating in Work Places. I already appreciate Work Places. First, they’re fun! Second, they focus on particular standards. This combination of fun and focus means my students are motivated to work on necessary skills.

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