Hello! I really love this idea of math groups, but this year many days I only have about 30 minutes to teach math. You said you taught this way for 1/2 day kindergarten. How did this work? Also, looks like during the first rotation, one group has not met with you, but is doing independent work. Is this work extended from the day before? Hope this make sense! I really love this idea!!
Thanks for your comment! Yes, my kids that are doing independant work in the first rotation are continuing from the lesson the day before. I have setup my rotations so that my higher ability group is at independant work first. These kids are easily able to transition the activity from the day before and practice it that next day.
I completely understand your time restraints and how it makes things difficult. When I taught 1/2 day kindergarten I had about 30 minutes as well. You can still do 3 groups and rotate them through the activities or you can split your class into 2 groups if it makes it easier timewise. If you do 2 groups you can have them complete the work and then get into math center/tubs when they are finished. You could also designate certain days such as 3 days a week when they are not working with you they are ddoing the independant work and the other 2 days they are completing math centers. Once you train the kids on transitioning from one activity to the next they can rotate quickly saving you more time for instruction. Any kind of differentiation that you can give them will benefit your students greatly. I hope this helps you out a little more. I think once you give it a try and tweak it to make it work for your style you will love it. Please let me know if you need any oher details or assistance.
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