It’s my first year teaching math, and I’ve been relying heavily on the curriculum from Open Up Resources — which I love. Each lesson is structured by warm up, a series of 2-3 tasks, a synthesis discussion, and a cool down. The material is great, and I’m thankful for this high-quality curriculum while I find my footing.
However, I suspect that OUR does not offer enough practice — that, or my continuous failure to get to the “cool down” each day is substantially thwarting my students! One of my big questions is on the relationship between task-oriented practice and more rote practice. Is a lesser quantity of high-quality, engaging practice enough for students to “get it” and remember the material later on? If not, what methods do you use to supplement or add in additional practice: notes, anchor charts, additional practice problems in class, targeted skill practice like that offered by IXL, spiral homework problems, or something else? When does this additional practice happen in a lesson?
Thanks for sharing any thoughts on this topic. I’m sure there are as many answers as there are different teachers, and I’d love to hear how you approach this issue.
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