I have posted my Chevron Math Rotation Posters in my TpT Store!
There are lots of chevron color options for you to choose from (teal, blue, purple, gray, green, orange, and red) as well as a plain background. Included are the posters you see below, each with a description underneath that still shows up beautifully if you wanted to make bookmarks (easy tutorial HERE). I don't use "Rotation One" or "Group 1" but I thought some of you might like that, so I included Rotation & Group 1-4 in each color as well... it's a huge file ;)
Onto how I do Lesson Work. If you've been following my Math Rotations Series, you'll know that my main lesson delivery model is set up around I do. We do. You do. The "I do" and "You do" are done in Teacher Time, while the "You do" is all about Lesson Work time.
Students leave Teacher Time and head straight to Lesson Work, with the exception of my high kids who end math class with Teacher Time. They do Lesson Work as their first rotation the next day in math. Here's a picture of my student bookmarks to see what each group does (low is on the left, then middle, then high kids on the right):
I only assign as much work as I feel the groups can do in 15-20 minutes. Rotations are about 20 minutes long, but this gives them some time to practice and then recheck their work. If they don't finish Lesson Work in class, it needs to be finished up as homework. This sometimes happens, but so rarely since the risk of homework is pretty high motivation ;)
Students keep their completed Lesson Work in their math folders and will bring it with them to Teacher Time the next day, where we will go over it as a group and grade our own work. Because there are only 8 of us in a group, it's easy for me to check the next day to see if they have done it and, as we go over it, to see if they are correcting it or are getting everything right. Love those small groups!
Lesson Work forces me to ensure that what I am covering is broken up into meaningful and manageable chunks. There are some times I am tempted to throw a whole packet of new info at them, but this short time reminds me that I need to stay focused and purposeful with my Teacher Time instruction so that their "You do" practice time is useful and reflects the new information we have learned.
Lesson Work is also the perfect time for differentiation-- I can adjust their independent work to fit their needs. This is something Everyday Mathematics was great at providing, and I am hoping our new curriculum does the same. Each lesson came with an extension option I could use for my high group and a reteaching option I could use with my low group.... easy peasy! I will say the typically, all of my kids have the same Lesson Work, but I do love the flexibility that Math Rotations provide!
I do require that Lesson Work be done independently at their table spots and this is on our class' anchor chart:
If they run into problems or a question they don't get, they need to try their best and look back in their Teacher Time notes and problems to try and solve the problem. If they still don't know, I have them try their best and rest assured we will go over it in Teacher Time the next day. I do not want them to "Ask 3 Before Me" like I do during other parts of our day because if they aren't understanding something, that is important info that I need to know when we check in tomorrow as a group.
*For my low group, I will sometimes make an exception if they are brand new to a topic, or I will allow them to work on a certain amount with a partner before completing the rest independently... nothing is ever set in stone ;)
Again, because Lesson Work so closely aligns with what we just did in Teacher Time, it is rare that this comes up, but when it does, I want to make sure they know that they have a host of strategies from which to choose besides relying on the person next to them and their answer :)
If and when they finish with Lesson Work and their rotation time is not over, I have them jump into Fact Practice. This includes Xtra Math on the computers or working on flash cards with a partner and I will be explaining that "I'm Done" option in an upcoming post.
Do you have any questions about Lesson Work? I will be happy to answer them either in the comments or in an upcoming Q&A post, so feel free to ask away! I can't pretend I know all of the answers, but I am happy to share what's worked and what hasn't for me :)