Instead, I've taken a big leap, and I've set up guided math in my room. With a new block schedule, we have 90 minutes of math each morning, which gives us plenty of time to rotate between four stations after a whole-group lesson each day.
M - math facts gives that constant practice of facts that are, unfortunately, never going away. I do quiz this in a timed test weekly, but at this station, flash cards and partner games lend to daily practice of multiplication and division, for the most part.
A - at their desks, students have a built-in block of time for their daily assignment.
T - during teacher time, each group comes to me for individualized instruction, based on a pretest I give before each unit.
H - this is a flexible station. I would say 80% of the time, this is where they complete a problem of the day and a spiral with ongoing review work. However, at least once a week (sometimes twice), I'm pulling hands-on activities and games that allow them to practice the day's skill in a different modality.