#### kristen_teach

##### Senior Member

Okay, I thought I would like the Spiraling idea for math but I hate it! You might be learning about converting metric units and then the next section would be about statistical averages or geometry. It is designed so you only spend about 1-3 days on each section!

My main gripes are that it sometimes seems we are just going on to another topic without going in depth into anything. Some kids have trouble achieving mastery in just a couple of days. Plus, I always hear, but I thought we were learning about _____________? I have enough kids who are confused what we are learning in every subject- I don't want to confuse those who understand what's going on in class!

We are halfway through the book and I am thinking about completely changing what I'm doing. What are the advantages/disadvantages to starting working on "units"? For example, we could work on integers and then apply several concepts related to integers- what are negative numbers, adding and subtracting integers, ordering integers, coordinate graphing of integers? I know there is concern that the kids will forget it when they go on to the next unit but it seems they aren't really getting anything at this point!

My main gripes are that it sometimes seems we are just going on to another topic without going in depth into anything. Some kids have trouble achieving mastery in just a couple of days. Plus, I always hear, but I thought we were learning about _____________? I have enough kids who are confused what we are learning in every subject- I don't want to confuse those who understand what's going on in class!

We are halfway through the book and I am thinking about completely changing what I'm doing. What are the advantages/disadvantages to starting working on "units"? For example, we could work on integers and then apply several concepts related to integers- what are negative numbers, adding and subtracting integers, ordering integers, coordinate graphing of integers? I know there is concern that the kids will forget it when they go on to the next unit but it seems they aren't really getting anything at this point!

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