Although the title of this post may sound very tongue-in-cheek, or sarcastic, it isn't meant to be. This IS my plan for this upcoming school year. It is ambitious, it may be outrageous, but this is the plane I built, and my departure time is set for August!
A few things I believe in:
1. I believe that students crave a change of scenery and a change of tasks.
2. I believe that students crave independence and can handle it when they are treated as if they can.
3. I believe that students can do math work for 1.5 hours each day.
4. I believe in the KISS method.
1/2 Sheet & WA: I always have a 1/2 sheet of math problems pertaining to a certain skill for the students to complete as soon as they walk in the door. I do this to set the pace for the students and let them know that it is OK to get to work right away. I mainly use themathworksheetsite.com for my material. I print the answers on the back so they can check. WA stands for "Weekly Assignment". I create my own worksheet of problems dealing with our most recent topics. It boils down to a problem-of-the-day. As soon as a student completes it, they raise their hand and I check it. If it is correct, I initial it and they are now allowed to get up and check/help other students. I call it "Chain Reaction Checking". It allows students to teach/help/confer with each other. Within 5 minutes, 80% of the room has had their paper checked!
Matrix Math: This is something new I want to try this year. Each day I am having a different 10 minute problem solving session.
MONDAY: TWEET SIZED MESSAGE: Twitter allows only 140 characters, so I wondered if students were given a math concept like PEMDAS, could they write the shortest/most informative explanation of that topic?
TUESDAY: TANGRAMS: I am looking to build off of the suggestions of @mr_stadel to have more tangrams!
WEDNESDAY: WORK IT OUT: I am looking to have students work on traditional skills but work them backwards. For example, giving them partially filled in integer equations that they need to determine the missing number.
THURSDAY: THINK ABOUT IT: I love www.101qs.com. Specifically, this gif really got me thinking and wondering! l really want to know what students will say about this pic and others from 101. I am also going to greedily use this to gauge what possible future 3-acts the kids would enjoy!
FRIDAY: ESTIMATION 180: I had a great time with students last year using thisand I want to continue!
For the remainder of the double period, we will be following a HYBRID MODEL.
One station will be a project group with me. We will be doing 3-act tasks!
One station will be working on traditional math lessons. I use a FLIPPED classroom model for this. I video my lessons http://www.youtube.com/user/jonlong714 for the students to watch at home. They then use the class time to work on their homework. I also provide answer keys with each assignment so they can get immediate feedback.
Finally, the last station will be an INDEPENDENT COMPUTER station using ST Math. This is a really neat program that goes about teaching math concepts by intuition and reasoning.
I will keep you posted on how things go!