Recently, my husband and I began the ever-so-fun challenge of house hunting. We are outgrowing our little home, and my husband (a country boy at heart) would love more land than our city dwelling allows.
We looked at homes with updated, modern everything... but terrible floor plans. We also looked at homes with outdated everything but perfect floor plans. And we came to the realization that it's the structure that matters. Everything else can be changed, modified, or updated. But the wrong structure leads to all kinds of major renovations.
It's the same with your math instruction -- it has to have good "bones."
Once you have a good structure (*ahem* ZONES...) in place, you can find, create, or adapt any materials to fit within the framework and meet the needs of your students, your teaching style, and your curriculum.
There is no curriculum or set of instructional materials that will free you to be responsive to each of your students. It is the "floor plan" of your time that makes the difference.
ZONES is a structure - so use it as just that. Use it as the "bones" to your instruction. Be flexible with it. Try different ways of implementing ZONES in your classroom to see what works best for you. And, as always, contact us if you have questions, need ideas, or want to work through what implementation could look like for you.
We are excited to see how you make ZONES uniquely yours!
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