Let’s slow down and get it better this time.
I believe all classrooms will see far more success and a smoother path to progress when they build relationships first. In fact, the classrooms where teachers consistently had regular conversations
with their students, played games, and counted collections outperformed classrooms with similar demographics on the state test. In fact, the teachers who developed ongoing relationships and safe spaces for problem-solving had better scores on the 2021-2022 assessment than on their 2018-2019 (pre-pandemic) assessments.Make the time to build the classroom community of your dreams!
Make the time to make your classroom a safe space for taking chances, an open place where all ideas and ways of learning are valued, and a place where all students can thrive, be joyful, and act like mathematicians.
By cracking open books, content standards, or worksheets on week one, we get down to business as usual before they speak a word in class or know what our kids need. Beliefs and hierarchies about who is good at reading, writing, and math are established before we get a chance to know one another.
Instead of using a worksheet to determine who knows what about place value, exponents, multiplication, and division, spend your math block doing counting collections.
Instead of completing x amount of workbook pages, play some math games where students can talk about math, support one another, and get to know one another.