However, ZONES math has helped SOOOO much in this area. I feel like I am actually making progress and helping some of the students that I wouldn't have had time to even notice in the past. Many students can completely forget the entire concept of division after hitting multi-digit multiplication so hard. So I started out with using a triad protocol as a whole group lesson, with basic division concepts. This includes "exploring" with manipulatives, working with a partner, explaining your thinking and your partners thinking. It is amazing. Here is a brief overview of the process.
I then took this activity and put it as a partner Explore Activity. I also could see from this activity who had the basic idea or who was struggling with division already. The next day, they were introduced to Play With Someone. We played a game as a whole class based on basic division facts. The purpose this time was to take the concept of division with basic facts and now use a multiplication table and their resource journals to help them with the division process. Again, with partners, I was able to navigate the room to see who was struggling with basic concepts, conference with the students flagged from yesterday to get more detailed information, and note students who were past this basic stage. A great jumping off point! In addition, I used this game in my Play with Someone Zone for this rotation.
I could go on and on and on and on about how I continued to unroll this standard AND make sure no students fell through the cracks. We teach two different strategies to divide (traditional and partial quotients) so I am able to differentiate among student strategy preference as well as individualize instruction as I continue to conference and pull small groups daily. This is truly the best and most effective division instruction I have implemented yet!
I am not saying the teaching division is all of a sudden some magically dreamland in my classroom. However, I feel as though I can be more effective as a teacher using ZONES. Please email us if you have any questions on how to pull your own curriculum successfully into the ZONES framework!
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