We did something new in my class this afternoon. After reviewing strategies for checking answers in addition and subtraction for reasonableness, I allowed the students to work either independently or in small groups.
This was our first time with group work for math and I was very pleased with how well everyone was working and keeping focused on the assigned task. A few students chose to work on their own, but most took advantage of the opportunity to work with partners. As students worked, I walked around the roommate, monitoring progress and taking a few pictures. I did have to remind some students that they shouldn’t look at my camera when I am capturing their work.
The students also got to get to know our new student teacher better. She will be with us every Tuesday and Wednesday. I will be turning over a lot of the teaching responsibilities to her as the semester progresses, under my guidance and direction, of course! It will be exciting to watch her improve in her teaching practice!