So, you finally figured out how to schedule your 60 minute math block, you’ve created (and organized) a Guided Math Binder, you’ve grouped your students, you’ve planned your mini-lesson, but you still have 4 centers to plan? Don’t get overwhelmed! You’ve made it this far.
In this blog post, we’re going to take a look at how to use Interactive Slides at part of your daily math block.
Why Interactive Slides?
- No copying or preparing! – Simply assign to your students using Google Classroom or other LMS (learning management system) like SeeSaw, Canvas, Microsoft Teams, etc.
- Standards-aligned – You can be sure you’re covering what your students really need to know.
- Students love them! – Even during distance learning, students love a break from a worksheet.
- Accountability – When centers are over, you can see what your students did or did not do, unlike a game.
- Computer Skills – In addition to math skills, students will improve computer skills such as drag and drop, copy and paste, and inserting text.
Watch the video below to get a sneak peek into what an Interactive Google Slide would look like for your students.
Where do Slides Fit in My Math Block?
- INDEPENDENT CENTER: Interactive Slides are designed for students to be engaged independently.
- Practice new concepts – As students learn new concepts, they need time to process and practice what they are learning. Interactive Slides are flexible and allow students to try something out without committing. They can revisit the slides later with a partner and make changes.
- Preview concepts to be taught soon – Allowing students to struggle with something they haven’t learned yet can be valuable. The following day allows for a discussion and reflection of what went well and what students still need to improve upon.
- Review concepts previously taught – Spending time with something students learned a while ago, or maybe didn’t quite master will help improve math skills too.
- TEACHER CENTER: While designed for independence, there are many ways you might like to use Slides as a part of your teacher-led center as well.
- Teach a new concept – Project your own Interactive Slides (in the classroom or on Zoom) and use them to teach a concept with students giving input as you fill them out. This is a great way to model the expectations if you’re using Slides for the first time.
- Support struggling students – You might choose to do the slides with just one group during your teacher center to support students who might not be ready to do the slides on their own yet.
- Conference with students – After students have completed a slide or two, you might conference with individuals or a small group and have students reflect on what they did well and their areas for future growth.
How Do I Get Started?
Want to start, but you’re not quite sure yet? Try out FREE Interactive Slides with your students first to make sure it’s a good fit for your classroom.
Ready now and want a whole year’s worth of slides? Click on your grade for a whole bundle with slides that cover all grade level Common Core standards.
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