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One thing I've learned since moving away from whole group math instruction is that I need to make sure I have plenty of differentiated activities for my students. In math specifically, I've found that my students need plenty of opportunities to practice skills in ways that both review and extend what they've learned. Math skills seem to need more spiral and exposure than some other skills that I teach, so I have to be sure that I provide those opportunities.

I like to make sure that my students get plenty of different kinds of opportunities to practice math skills. In my rotation model, which is explained in much more detail in this post, my students get exposure to math skills in four kinds of rotations: meet with the teacher (small group instruction), hands-on learning (counting collections with extensions), collaborative work (games and centers), and technology. While I was able to find a good variety of activities for these rotations, sometimes I found myself needing an activity that was straight to the point with a clear connection to the standard(s) I was teaching.
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