After 2 weeks of trying MATH rotations, I have come to the conclusion that it just isn't meant to be with this special group of kiddos. Life works better and more smoothly when we do things together as a group. I found it was too stressful for me to try to manage the kids in the other 2 groups - since at this point in time they have a mentality that if I'm not specifically speaking to them that somehow my ears and eyes aren't working. They really were engaged in their work, but the noise level of being engaged and feeling the need to share their excitement with others really didn't mesh with allowing my quiet group to focus. I found that I loved using the games. I just know that there are other ways that those games can still be out for the week so they can play them at different times and each have a turn.
So how have I changed it to make me happy?
We are doing the lesson full class (like before).
We then do guided practice together (like before).
They all do their classwork, and I am making sure to get around to the
kids that I know are having a hard time (instead of doing groups.)
As the kids finish their classwork they leave it on their desks and get to go play the review games, do a skill on ixl, and practice their math facts through those specific activities.
They are in charge of making sure they try all the activities
throughout the week -
it's a checklist similar to the Daily 5 choices only for math.
The best part for me is that I regained my sanity.
I'm glad that I tried it, I'm just glad that I feel comfortable enough with myself as a teacher to evaluate that it's not working the way that I envisioned it to be.