The Newly Improved Math Lab
The math lab is an open space classroom where students support and honor each other’s discovery of big ideas in mathematics as a multi-level community of learners.
WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE:
The math lab is two classrooms combined to create a large open space. A divider is used to create separate spaces for students at different levels. In each space, there are students at more than one level which allows us to build community & share our mathematical ideas.
HOW WE START EACH CLASS:
We begin each class with a wellness activity to get our minds moving. This includes group stretching, check-ins, and reflections on what our strengths and struggles are for the day
After the wellness activity, each math level group will work with a teacher around a specific math concept for 15-20 minutes. This part looks very similar to a traditional classroom where teachers facilitate group discussions. These chunks of teacher instruction will ensure students have all the tools they need to be successful during the independent work time that follows.
After direct instruction, students will work at their own pace on math activities through Canvas, an online learning management system. Students will be grouped with peers who are working on similar material to give them support.
Each student is intentionally partnered with another student. These partners will support each other through mistakes and stuck points, making sure to reach out to other students for help too.
Using each student’s Math Plan and Progress Graph, we support them in the creation of short-term, achievable goals that show learning progress.
HOW WE END EACH CLASS:
The last 10 minutes of class, we gather as a group and summarize our learning by reflecting on successes and struggles with the math concepts.