One of the questions I get most often is:
First off, kudos to your school for setting aside an hour math block for your youngest learners! Through math instruction, students will gain the skills and thought processes necessary to solve problems. Math needs to be given a priority in the schedule. Following is one of my favorite quotes from Dr. Yeap Ban Har, author, and contributor to several Singapore Math style curriculum.
“We are not teaching math. We are teaching thinking through the medium of math.”
10 minutes – Ongoing Cumulative Review
20 minutes – Direct Instruction
30 minutes – Guided and Independent Practice
A deliberate and carefully planned reliance on ongoing, cumulative review of key skills and concepts.
As you teach concepts, you will want to include them in your ongoing cumulative review. With such an emphasis on mental math strategies and the development of number sense, mental math should play a major role in your daily review.
Mental Math can be practiced through the use of:
Direct Instruction (20 minutes)
Guided Practice (30 minutes combined with Independent Practice)
Independent Practice (30 minutes combined with Guided Practice)
Comment below with your questions or concerns about structuring your math day!
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