How do you help your math students retain concepts?
How do they remember the meanings of certain terms?
How do you help them prepare for those standardized tests?
Spiral review helps with all of these. I've been using spiral review in 6th grade math for a long time, but never wrote about it before - so here we go:-)
How does spiral math review on a daily basis help students?
I've been using daily math with a spiral review since 2013 (and now I've added a digital version!) I created my own daily math at that time, because I couldn't find a resource that really helped my students. With this spiral review, I found these benefits:
Ideas for How to Use Daily Math
1) Cut each page into the separate days for students to work on as their bell ringer or warm up (or assign each day to students in Google Slides).
2) Have students keep the daily math pages in a binder so they always have them available (my favorite).
3) Display the pages for students to see as they enter the class. They can complete the problems in their math notebooks.
4) Use the pages as math homework and have students discuss as the warm up.
5) Have a weekly/monthly/quarterly math quiz, allowing students to use their daily math pages as a resource - I love doing this because it helps students to make sure they don't lose their pages!
Goals or systems?
Do you set goals with your students at the beginning of the school year (or semester, or quarter)....or do you think about setting goals?
If so, how do students generally do with their goals? Do they achieve them? Or, as happens with so many adults, do they try really hard for a few days and then kind of forget about them?
Why do we have difficulty achieving goals? As adults, we often fail to stick with the actions needed to get us there.
Or we set goals that are 'too big' or require an incredible change in our behaviors. And it's hard to change behaviors!
I'm not going to pretend to be an expert in behavior and change. But according to sources I've read and listened to lately, our brains resist change - they really want to keep us in the same patterns, with the same behaviors, because it's comforting and safe.
If that's the case, then it's a little easier to understand why students have difficulty too. If their young brains also want to keep them in the same patterns because it's comforting and safe, how can we, as teachers, help them to break out of those patterns to meet new goals?
Hey there! I'm Ellie - here to share math fun, best practices, and engaging, challenging, easy-prep activities ideas!