I work in a school that embraces the workshop approach as an overarching philosophy. I have no math textbooks in my classroom. The majority of our math activities center on exploration, math games, problem solving. We are fortunate to participate in Marilyn Burns' MathSolutions inservice workshops several times per year. I also use a 'glue it and do it' type of journaling. I make up the problems myself to complement what we are focusing on in math, maybe tying in an idea from another content area. We teach kids to solve problems using pictures, words and numbers to show their thinking. Are your 'glue it' problems part of a packaged program?
Charlene, they are not part of a packaged program. They are from a teacher in Lafayette County, Florida. Basically, FCAT questions without the multiple choice component. Sometimes, though, I believe I will write out appropriately challenging problems with their names and even go for the multiple choice component to tell why certain answers were correct over others. Overall, how do you like your program? Have your students better embraced math? Do you ever worry about the students getting more practice? - Victoria
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