Van de Modelling maillinglist:
Date: Mon, 3 Apr 2006 07:20:55 -0500
From: Jerel Welker
Subject: Teaching Math in the Block1) If at all possible, encourage a schedule where the class meets every
day. Skipping days means the students aren’t taking fewer classes.
For low performing students:
2) Switch activities every 20 minutes. Have students grade their own
homework if teacher time is an issue. In this way, grading homework
becomes a teaching time. Provide the answers, allow immediate
3) Have students work at the board or have individual/group white
4) Have a few problems up for students to work immediately when they
come in to get them started. Go over them immediately. Answer
5) Use a routine or post your plan for the day on the board so students
know what is coming.
6) Have multiple lecture sessions. Have a lecture, practice, and have
another lecture/demo session.
7) Use technology when relevant and available. Students need immediate
feedback. Online tests/practice materials can be very beneficial with
students who are used to gaming and other fast action results.
8) Use test, re-test. Test by objective. Allow students to re-take an
objective for full/partial credit. For example, if you score less than
75% on the objective, you can re-test for 90% credit. Students must
work additional practice problems prior to re-testing.
The block can be a very useful tool, but it must be very structured and
organized. The same 50 minute lesson plan won’t work!
Lincoln Southwest Math Department
Bron: Moddeling digest 2006-83