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From: Diane Keys

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2008032013:50:30
Subject: Re: Mountain Math/Mountain Language

I am in a jobshare situtation this year and my partner so I don't have autonomy to choose mountain math and language this year. In the past I have found it to be one of the best reinforcement tools available. There are enough questions to last most of the school year. I labeled mine by weeks. Students had one week to complete the sections. Students worked on them Monday through Thursday and we corrected our answers on Friday. Mountain Language: Monday 1-5, Tuesday 6-10, Wednesday 11-15, Thursday 16-20 Mountain Math: Monday 1-6, Tuesday 6-12, Wednesday 13-18, and Thursday 19-24 I had heavy duty transparencies (I buy heavy clear plastic used for report covers, at a nearby paper company) and I numbered them 1-20 for language arts and 1-24 for math. Students could, when they were finished with their morning work, come up and get a transparency and work the problem again, using a Vis-a-Vis marker, and then, of course, signing their name. When it was time to correct the math and language on Friday, nearly all the problems were already worked out and we could go over the answers quickly, correcting any misconceptions. This worked extemely well for me and my students. They loved getting to be the teacher and they could choose which problems they wanted to explain. Win-win. It is best to start slow and make sure you have covered each of the concepts. I teach sixth grade, so many of the math concepts, for example, were already introduced in fifth grade. I am a huge fan of this program and have even supplemented their questions with some specific ones of my own. (I just called them bonus questions.) I hope this helps. Diane

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