Having multiple math centers running at the same time IS POSSIBLE in the special education classroom… even with moderate to severe populations! Here are some ideas to help get you started.
An important part of guided math is practice and review of introduced skills. This is the second post of Smashing Strategies for Guided Math, a monthly-link up between 9 teacher bloggers! Each of us will share a guided math strategies, tips and resources. Last month’s post was about Small Group Math Instruction.
Once you have introduced a new skill (or reviewed an previously taught skill), it is time to have students practice. My students need LOTS of practice in order to learn and master skills. They also struggle with generalization, so I need to make sure they have many opportunities to practice the skills using different materials, in different parts of the room and across people & day. Math centers are one of the ways I work on that.
Most of my students need one on one instruction for brand new skills. I often do this during work centers which is my direct instruction time. Here are some examples of how we run math centers:
Tips for running successful math centers in special ed.