The adventures of a fourth grade teacher in East Central Illinois.

Triple-Dipping Math

We typically have two sessions of math each day. The first is right after lunch and involves targeted practice with groups composed of students from both fourth grade classrooms. I have one group, my student teacher works with another one (under my supervision), and the other fourth grade teacher works with two smaller groups. The second time we have math is right after our fine arts/library block (called “Specials” in many other schools). This is a whole-class lesson for my entire class and usually follows the sequence of the Houghton-Mifflin Math Expressions series we use.

But today we had to triple-dip our math. We finished up our first math arithmetic unit last Friday and had planned on taking our unit post-test on Monday. Alas, the building copy machine had other plans. I wasn’t able to get copies made in the morning and then when I finally got the copier to work for me in the afternoon I found that the machine had printed them too darkly and the answers (that are on the master copies but are not intended to show up when copied) were visible. By then we were out of time to do the test so we had to do it this morning, instead.

So our Tuesday was a very math-centric day. Multiplication unit test in the morning, multi-step word problems after lunch, and geometry at the end of the day! It was busy, but my students continued to demonstrate a fantastic level of perseverance and stick-to-it-ive-ness! We won’t have intense days like this very often, fortunately. Tomorrow should feel much easier by comparison, though!


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