Our county uses Go Math! and it is set up with an I Do, We Do, You Do model. When the kids are in groups, they struggle to focus on the lesson and get easily distracted. Not to mention, math in the afternoon is HARD. They are so tired. Using food as manipulatives can be a huge motivator:) (Please forgive the sideways picture. Grrrrr!) Next year my focus is to work more in math groups, and I have tried... But can't get the timing down to get it all in.
So, since spring break I have my kids in rows and LOVE the focus! (Please don't throw rotten tomatoes at me!!) They still have the opportunity to work in partners and when I need groups they move around the room. Another plus and we have started playing BUMP and it works so much better in rows. The kids want to turn EVERYTHING into a BUMP game:) Shhhh, don't tell them they are still learning:)
And yes, I see the mistake above, do you? I actually took another picture, but it is posting upside down. It is just one of those nights! The good news it tomorrow is FRIDAY!