I have been having some serious issues with talking and distractions among some of my students. It has gotten so bad that almost no work is actually being done, despite me "continuing with the curriculum." So, today I decided to slow things down and instead of focusing on math content I facilitated a structured conversation with students to allow them time to practice what it should be like to talk about work together as a team. It involved some very specific instructions on which team member was supposed to say what and when and allowed us to learn about various reactions to scenarios that are similar (although not the same) as what we experience in class. Overall it went very well and I look forward to seeing how it continues tomorrow.
I am a math teacher in the New York Department of Education. I infuse technology and real-world problems into my curriculum in order to prepare my students for the future. I would love for people across the country to recognize we teachers can't do it alone. If you don't believe me, come visit my classroom!