I am hoping this post will help answer some questions I have been asked lately. But let reading the tape forex set us all straight because I am not an expert outside of my own little classroom.
This is what works for me this year plain and simple! This varies daily, but the general idea is that students take out whiteboards and we work on a couple spiraled questions in test taking format. We will do a mini lesson together as a class. This was a lesson on related facts and using symbols to represent our math thinking.
We took a set of objects and wrote both an addition and subtraction sentence to represent what was happening. My itty bitty math focus wall holds the essential question, big idea, and some teaching visuals which help keep me on track for the week. If you are looking for a system for math rotations I use STACK! It’s been a lifesaver for me! Behind these girls you can see our rotation system is being projected on the whiteboard. It is set to a timer.