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Are you thinking about using math centers in your classroom, but not sure where to start? Have you tried using math centers, but got discouraged by lack of time, student behavior or prepping materials? I have been there! And so I am excited to share tons of tips, ideas, freebies and resources that are going to make your math center time super successful! So let's start from the beginning. It's a very good place to start. 🎼 (Fess up. Who is singing Do Re Me now?) Why should I use math centers? Are math centers totally new to you? Are you still wondering if they are a good use of time and effort?  Math centers and guided math groups were the heart and soul of my math instruction. I can't imagine teaching without them! I often hear teachers say that they don't have time for math centers. I honestly feel that, if you are doing centers correctly, you don't have the time NOT to do centers.  Math centers are NOT just fun and games. They are not ju...
1. Contact your new team lead. Do your very best to get the contact information for your team lead or new team teachers. Most principals will provide email addresses. You don't want to be a big pain in the neck, but it is a VERY good idea to briefly introduce yourself. Don't make it sound like you are a know-it-all who doesn't want to work with others. #epicfail Instead, let them know what your previous experience is and that you are excited to learn from the team in this new grade level. You also want to ask a few questions. I would probably ask: What curriculum is required and provided? Is there a curriculum map or pacing guide? What manipulatives, technology and/or classroom resources will be provided? What do you recommend that I purchase over the summer? (books, furniture, supplies, curriculum, etc.) What does your daily schedule look like? Do you have any other advice for me? 2. Read the standards. Seriously. READ THEM! All of them! ...