Keep Up the Pace

Making Math Count in WHPS

Using the Pacing Guide, Unit Plans, and Calendars to Plan Your Units

Have you found yourself ushering in May with 10 weeks of instruction left in math and only 6 weeks of school left? How does this happen, and more importantly, how can it be avoided? Every teacher wants students to succeed and leave your classroom ready to conquer the next grade. If you only have a week to teach that last unit in math, you know the students are not learning everything you want to teach them.

The questions is, "How do I avoid running out of time at the end of the year?" The answer: planning, planning, planning!

The Pacing Guide is the first document that assists you to plan for timing success. The guide includes the number of days for the unit, including days built in for assessment. At the beginning of each unit, know your end date. These dates may change due to snow days, but otherwise stick to the pacing plan.

The unit plans help you plan to reach unit goals on time. There are recommendations for how long to spend on each key teaching point. The Math in Practice lessons layout a progression of learning to build understanding. Other lessons and activities support learning with additional practice, reteaching of necessary foundational skills, or enrichment of learning. Lessons and activities are included within the unit to meet the individual needs of your students, but it is not expected that every activity or lesson will be taught.

Calendars have been included this year with each of your Unit Plans. Map out a plan for instruction using these calendars. Plan for the critical instruction in a timely manner and plan for days to practice new concepts. Stick to your calendar, and you will stick to the pacing guide.

Benjamin Franklin said, "If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail." Plan to keep up the pace this school year so that your students are ready to succeed in math!