Normally, our math class is in a departmentalized format. We have 5 fifth grade sections, and we have a math block time. The students are then leveled, I teach a leveled class of students, and they come for all of the 5 fifth grade sections. Enter the M-STEP. During the last 2 weeks we have been unable to do our regular math block time. Our schedule has been interrupted to allow a schedule to have our grade level share the one computer lab to get all 5th grade students tested on this state test.
These students were my charge for the next 2 weeks to get them all through this standard. This homeroom group of students were used to a math class paced at their instructional level, some students moving twice as fast as my math group, and others moving almost half the speed.......
I spent the first math lesson instructing the students on the specific expectations for each ZONES rotation. The students caught on quite quickly and could see the similarities between each ZONES rotation expectation and each Reading Workshop center rotation. The next lesson, I started with a whole group lesson, then moved on to a ZONES rotation. The students were able to make their own choices using a menu, as they did this in the Reading Workshop. I spent this second day, monitoring the class ZONES rotations for behavior and on-task behavior. I was very impressed with the students during this time and it was very easy to see how the hard work and training I put in for both workshop models did carry over to all students.
After this second math lesson, I was sure that the students could move to a fully implemented ZONES workshop model. I am now using this framework and differentiating for all the students in my homeroom class. I am able to keep all students actively engaged in their learning during the ZONES rotations, as well as pullout and conference with all students who need extra help during these two weeks.
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