Teaching Tips to Try Newsletter
August 30th , 2009From Linda The Math Coach
This Week’s Theme:
Classroom Management: Use DIDO To Make Wasted“Free Time” Pay Off!
Free Time Isn’t Free.
It comes with a heavy price tag. We’re referring to that dead air time that occurs at the beginning and ending of every class.First minutes after the beginning bellLast minutes before the ending bellTo students, these free times mean time when they can do whatever they want, includingtalking, texting, eating, not reading, not writing, not studying, not even thinking aboutlearning. To teachers, this time is for collecting papers, taking attendance, helpingindividual students, grading papers, getting set up for the next class. In reality, it is ateacher issued ticket for students to unengaged learning time. The cost you pay for allowing students to have “free time” is days and weeks of lost instructional time.Can’t get rid of this time? Well then, what could this time be buying for you? Read on tofind out how you can take charge of this time and make it pay off academically!
Get the Two for One Special Using DIDO or DIPOD!
DIDO/DIPOD is a cool way to engage students and tie the beginning and ending of classtogether in a rigorous and meaningful way. Here is how it works.DIDO/DIPOD begins at the end of a class. You display a math problem with solution onthe board that reflects the concept dealt with that day. (Inverse operations, properties of whole numbers, order of operations, linear relationships, exponential functions, addingintegers, etc.) Word problems are fantastic for this. Try questions from unit pretests or state released items. At first you will provide the problems. As time goes on, studentswill want to generate problems. When you have students working as teams, teams cantake turns.