Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Old school maths groups

You may have seen my clean out the storeroom shame post (slick the link if you want to feel better about how clean your storeroom really is). The other day I was looking for something in there and I found this old box.
This is my maths groups activities from 2009, when I first began to dabble in grouping kids and differentiating activities in maths.
It all was because of my teaching partner. We both had Grade 5/6 and did a lot of team teaching with the doors open. Our maths groups consisted of 4 groups (approx 60 kids in these 4 groups) and the activities were - IWB/computer based activities (we both had 2 class computers and a IWB, so 6 technology stations), 2 different teacher guided activities where we would both be teaching a different concept aimed at the particular groups level and then one hands on game activity. Oh my, how my maths groups have changed!!
Here is one of my old school games. It actually hurts my eyes! Where are the cute fonts? Where is the clip art? My fancy storage folders? Did my school not buy any other coloured paper than yellow!!!! 

Oh my gosh - another yellow game. I wonder what all that yellow did to those poor children?

Since stumbling on these games, I have brought a few of them home to redo and make more interesting and appealing and a lot less yellow!

Do you have anything like this hiding in your storeroom?


  1. Ohhh you betcha! Why, why, why! I have a 2 drawer filing cabinet that I drag around from house to house FULL of old stuff from when I started teaching, I never do anything with them and don't use them anymore....sad, sad, sad
    Mrs Poultney's Ponderings

  2. Oh Brookey my dear, wait to you see what I have to show one day! I LOVE collecting old stuff and have some beauties from the 70s and 80s! I hover around teachers that are retiring and BEG to buy old stuff from them. My favourite is the old teachinf resource books. It is AMAZINg to see what 'new' ideas are just really old ones spruced up a bit! I loved reading your post and will loveto see how you transform some things :)

  3. Tania.... 2 drawers - try 12! I am a shocker and cannot throw a thing out.... its a real problem :( My whole garage has been converted to storing... I hope to take it all back to the classroom when I am full time again.. oh dear :(

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  5. Haha! I had this happen to me recently! Not only have my maths groups changed shape (and now I just try and do whole group with some differentiation rather than structured groups) also because of Daily 5, all those books I used to photocopy from each week are just useless! The things we learn......

    Teaching Maths with Meaning

  6. Your post today was funny. :o)

    Just dropping in to catch up.

    The Paper Maid

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