Math Mondays: Spring Fever Blog Hop

So, I admit, that it isn't only my students that get Spring fever.  When the temperatures warm and the flower start to bloom, I long to get outside. I find that both my students and I get a little antsy when Spring comes around.  While there are still 2+ months of schools left and lots of work to be done, I know that it's important to "treat" Spring Fever.  In this month's Math Monday blog hop, get some ideas for handling spring fever from several top teacher-bloggers.

Here's my top 3 prescriptions for Spring Fever:



  1. Get moving: Fidgety students need to get engaged.  Jump up with a variety of active learning, even if it is practice.  
    Throw a scavenger hunt, host a math detective, send students on a quest...students move around to collect clues (solve problems) all so that they have to go to different places in the classroom. Or conduct a card sort that is a relay race.  Students work in teams to sort cards into categories (linear equations, transformations, monomials and binomials,...)  Rather than sort at their desk, students pick a card, run to the front, and sort it into the right bin or pocket.  The students continue in relay style until all the cards are sorted accurately.  Moving around is good for student learning and a great way to battle Spring fever.

2. Get outside:  I'm awfully grateful to live in California.  In the Spring it's easy to get students outside to work.  An ample supply of sidewalk chalk is a key component for outside work.  Here, we are graphing parabolas and trigonometric functions, but you can also work on any topic.  
 


NOTE: go over directions with students before going outside, divide into groups (as needed) and provide a clipboard with directions for students.  If the procedural items are accounted for inside, the outside work tends to go better (IMHO).

3. Variety: It's easy to get into a routine of notes, practice, and assessment.  For you and your students, mix things up. Use a puzzle for an assessment rather than a traditional test; practice a skill through a collaborative quest; start notes with inquiry before revealing traditional steps; have students write assessments or practice activities for each other; engage students with meaningful real-world projects.  The novelty of a different approach is a great antidote for Spring Fever and also a fantastic way to learn.

Need more ideas for addressing Spring Fever in your classroom?  Hop around to the links below for strategies you can use today in your classroom. 



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  1. Fabulous ideas to engage students in learning through the end of the school year! I love the idea of the relay race. My room is small as an interventionist, but I am going to try to make this work. Thanks!

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