My district is adopting a new Math curriculum to try to be more aligned with the Common Core. We're switching from Everyday Math to Math in Focus. Changing to a new curriculum can be a challenge for sure, but in the words of the Brady Bunch (a.k.a The Silver Platters), "When it's time to change you've got to rearrange."
"Sha-na-na-na-na-na-na-na!"So, following the wise words of the Greg, Marcia, Peter, Jan, Bobby and Cindy, I've spent a good bit of time this summer getting ready for the change by doing a lot of reading and planning how to rearrange my Math Stations to fit the new scope and sequence. I'm still going to have 6 stations, one for each CCSS domain (The Counting Station, The Operation Station, The Tricky Teens Stations, The Data Station and The Geometry Station) and the favorite, The iPad Station. (You can grab my station labels by clicking on the picture.)
The big "changing and rearranging" is trying to figure out which games and activities should go into which stations and when they should be introduced. Everyday Math was a spiraling program so the objectives were kind of all over the place from day to day. Now, we'll have units focusing on connected objectives and I think it will be A LOT easier for the kids. I've been trying to align it all and it's slowly coming together. I would love to hear thoughts from anyone who uses Math in Focus - leave a comment if you have any advice!
One new activity I made was a set of basic Play-Doh mats that I can use in the Counting station and the Tricky Teens Station. In honor of embracing change, Math in Focus and the Brady Bunch, you can grab the set as a freebie by clicking on the picture. "Sha-na-na-na-na-na-na-na . . ."
Have a great night!