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How do I make math instruction in the afternoon engaging enough to keep my kids focused when they are carb crashing?

May 10, 2016 3:48pm

My afternoons this spring have been brutal!! The kids are talkative and bored and sleepy. I need help making my math instruction exciting, engaging, and high rigar in these tough last month and a half. Please help!

  • Math / Other
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  • Behavior / Class Culture / Engagement / Planning


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    • May 10, 2016 7:26pm

      Math Aerobics!
      Get the kids to stand up and stretch in various shapes, numbers or operations - any way you can get it to relate to what you are working on.

      Also - math scavenger hunts, games, or other hands on/mobile activities are helpful - even if just for a few minutes.

      • May 11, 2016 9:12am

        Have you tried covering your standards using STEM curriculum? Many of these units integrate a substantial amount of Math. They are collaborative, interactive, and focus on the application of a wide range of mathematical concepts.

        • May 23, 2016 10:09pm

          My afternoon kids are really tired in the afternoon too! I've found that doing active quick checks help a lot! Some examples I use are having them are simple things like giving me a thumbs up after doing a problem (kind of like formative assessments) or doing things extreme touching all four side of the wall after they finish the problem.

          I've also started doing math fact races as soon as they enter the classroom just to get them excited from a little competition. The adrenaline from that keeps them awake the rest of the period!

          Hope it helps!