Some people look at vacations as a time to get away from work. I view my Spring Break this coming week as a time to catch up on connecting with more middle school math blogs, and to start preparing for the two weeks we have to review before we take our state achievement test. My students know all of the information that will be presented on the test, but of course they need to be reminded of some of the things we haven’t done in a while.
When I first began teaching, and wasn’t utilizing as much, all of the creative activities, hands-on materials, and games that I have the last few years; reviewing at the end of the year was almost like teaching the material all over again. What I’ve noticed since incorporating all these things into every lesson, is that when I go back over to review…..they may not remember at first, but it just takes one key word or one example to bring the concept back to the front of their brain.
I have generally given packets, had the students work the problems, and then went over each problem with them together. I felt as if they needed pencil/ paper experience and that was the best way. This year, I am going to do a combination of some pencil/ paper activities with a lot of fun activities. It is important for the students to stay engaged and to continue to enjoy coming to my class, not to dread walking in to monotonous, rote worksheets every day for two weeks. My quest for this week is to build some great review activities to use in the next two weeks. Hopefully, you will be able to use them in your classes as well! Keep checking back this week for some great material. In the mean time, I would love for you to check out my Teachers Pay Teachers Store. I have some great freebies that have been featured in the weekly newsletter as great freebie downloads of the week. Here is a link to my store. If you could “follow” me on this blog as well as “follow” my Teachers Pay Teachers store, I would SOOOOOOO appreciate it! Thanks for your support!!