Hmmmmm….. How much of my instruction is whole class? I would have to say almost all….
Our school district uses enVision, and we are required to implement it with fidelity. Thus, I have a very structured routine. Students begin on the rug, in their assigned seat, next to their talking partner. I introduce a topic and give them a task. This is an introduction to our skill for the day. Students then move to their seats. Depending on the day students may work alone, with a partner (shoulder or across the street) or with their entire table. This goes on for 10 to 15 minutes. Then they come back to the rug for a visual learning, video provided by enVision. During the video I stop and discuss key pieces. Students may turn and talk to their partner depending on my instruction. When we have gotten through the video/instructional piece, I send students back to their seats. This is where I can begin to pull small groups during the guided practice portion of the lesson. I am super fortunate to have had an ELL aide and a paraprofessional in my room during math. My ELL aide pulls a small group of 4-5 students to the back table. My paraprofessional takes 2 sometimes 3 students into our office area for less distractions. This leaves me between 10 and 12 students. I do a few problems with the group, and send my high fliers on their way.
(My high fliers, finish quickly and I give them math games to practice skills already taught. )
I stick with the group and release a few more after two more problems. Then I stick with the 4-5 students that need additional support. I can re-teach and remediate.
I use this routine every day, since it is "required" by our district.
I use whole group instruction E-V-E-R-Y day. I start with it and then break into smaller groups, later in my math instruction. It may not be ideal, but has been effective. I do make sure our introductory activity is completed in small groups or with partners. Also, after the video lesson, we do break into small groups. I know I am not as fortunate as all teachers to have 2 adults that are in my room nearly every day.
Next year, is a new story, as I have no idea if I will have any other help.
I plan to use Guided Math during the instructional/guided practice portion of my lesson. That way I will be able to give support to those that need extra help. I can differentiate the lesson for my high fliers to keep them learning too!
I am working to incorporate a "Math Huddle" into my day. I love using the calendar time to start as a springboard. I also plan to use more mathematical literature.
Some of my favorites are
Two of Everything
A Fair Bear Share
Which book is your favorite?
Leave me your favorite math read aloud in the comments!