And just so you know, today was my first day back after Spring Break. The morning cruised right along - and I was thinking, we are getting so much done! And then the afternoon seemed to move as slow to molasses.
So grading papers this evening. Math papers. Fun. Not! One set was from before Spring Break, when I had a sub. The other was today's.
And I'm thinking - the rich get richer. Or, you either got it or you don't.
And finally, I'm not sure what to do.
We are using Engage NY. I can see what they are wanting us to do - we've been working on double and triple digit addition and subtraction since before Christmas. And they are showing different ways to work problems. I can see how this would be beneficial, and I realize that I use some of these different strategies myself.
However, I'm beginning to feel like my kids who struggle, are to some extent struggling because we switch gears on them at least once a week. We've worked problems using the Vertical Method (the traditional method), the Arrow Way, with a place value chart, using number bonds. I understand that the different alternatives give more choices to find the easiest, more efficient way to solve a problem --- but for my struggling students, I'm afraid it's just confusing.
I think it happens about this time every year. I realize we should have spent more time on basic math facts. We should have spent more time on understanding numbers past 100, or 200. We should have.....
I'm also struggling personally with a curriculum that my district has told me to use "with fidelity." No wait, you don't have to do this part of it. Oh sorry, didn't you know that we'd changed that.
And finally, I'm struggling with my kids that ARE getting math quickly. I need a way to make math engaging for them - as well as a desire to keep exploring.
Apparently this has just turned into a venting post. Sometimes I just need those.
However, any thoughts, suggestions, ideas are welcome :)