I was lucky enough to have one of the wonderful women on my team participate with me for this adventure! We strategized and created games together, making the whole "process" easier. The way I set up my daily 3 this time was fairly similar to the last time, but completely different at the same time... sorry this is just how my brain works :)
I started out my math block with our problem of the day, a little homework review, and a whole group lesson. All of this lasted about 30-40 minutes. After the lesson, we had about 30-40 minutes left in our math block. Students had the choice (or I would assign, especially in the beginning) to work on Writing about Math, Math by yourself, or Math with a partner. Everyone was working on one of those stations, and then I was free to move about the room and work one on one, or pull a small group of students to work with at my guided table.
I really, really, really liked doing math this way! I loved being able to pull groups, I loved students could use math games and the computer, and I especially loved that students were WRITING about math!! All these ideas make my heart flutter! What a wonderful way for a classroom to look! :)
It actually worked pretty well in my classroom, yes it was a little messy to organize, but a lot of that had to do with the curriculum we have, and yes it was MORE work for me, but I felt like the students got a lot out of it.
Ultimately I couldn't continue doing it because of the way our curriculum is set up... maybe in a few years, when I am not a BT, I will revisit this! Especially if more research has been done on it! :) Next Math Madness Monday will feature my favorite way of Daily 3, that takes a little bit of everything and makes it workable in a busy, jam packed classroom! I can't wait to share! Have a wonderful week!
Love Always, Diana Lynn