Sean Kavanaugh created 360 Degree Math
, a uniquely structured system that takes all the students out of their chairs and places each of them in front of their own whiteboards to solve problems. We are trying this out in Saluda to see if it improves student success in math.
360 degree math is a structure of classroom management, based on neurological and educational research, that's made up of five steps.
The Exchange: As each student enters the classroom, they're personally greeted by the teacher—a sign of respect and welcome.
The Rewind: Students solve three relatively simple problems at the whiteboard to build their confidence.
The Micro-Lecture: The teacher gives a short lecture that's kept between eight to 10 minutes in order to go over new concepts.
The Practice: Students return to the whiteboard, where they spend the bulk of the class, to solve more challenging problems, facilitated by group discussions and collaboration.
The Proof: Work is done individually on the boards and reviewed by the teacher to help her plan the next lesson and understand where each student is in his or her mastery of skills.