The 360 Math Classroom is a break from the traditional math class where students are actively engaged.
This engaging environment allows the teacher to observe all student’s mathematical thought processes in one quick look! The new environment assists in quick formative assessment of learning and instant feedback to students on their progress.
The 360 Math Classroom is a break from the traditional math class where students are actively engaged. This engaging environment allows the teacher to observe all student’s mathematical thought processes in one quick look! The new environment assists in quick formative assessment of learning and instant feedback to students on their progress. Cobb County has a model 360 math classroom in every middle school and high school, though some schools have chosen for all of their math teachers to have access. Elementary school teachers have been interested in the concept and now 48 elementary schools have model classrooms with plans to outfit the remaining 19 elementary classrooms during the school year 2021-2022.
We now have over 90 teachers across the county implementing the 360 Math Classroom. The classrooms are outfitted with large dry erase boards around the walls so that every student has a workspace. This gives the teacher the ability to stand in the middle of the classroom and view all student’s work by turning 360 degrees in place. Teachers can instantly assess student’s work and math process of thinking, as well as identify student’s work that approach the problems differently, but arrive at the same answer. Students are enjoying this active process of learning and using the dry erase boards to test hypotheses before engaging their pencil and paper, while some students are digitally archiving their work. Students quickly begin a math task and spend more time thinking about their work with this strategy.
Cobb teachers have developed their own system of instruction with the 360 Math Classrooms. All classrooms center around the instructional framework of an opening, work session, and closing. Typically, students will work their warm-up of the day on the boards for formative assessment, for the teacher to identify if there is a math concept that needs clarification and for students to receive instant feedback on misconceptions. The students will sit back at their seats for a mini-lesson on the math concept for the day. After the mini-lesson, students will go back to the boards and practice the concept that might involve the assistance of their peers. Students are able to view each other’s work and capture different ways of working math problems. For the remainder of the work session time, teachers may have students work through station activities where they may use the boards to practice their work. The teacher may pull small groups of students to work with whether it be for reteach, practice, or enrichment. At the end of the class, the teacher has the students return to the boards for a formative assessment to see how they have progressed with the learning of the math concept for that day. The teacher is able to correct any misconceptions before the students leave the classroom or before the math instruction time ends. Another approach to the 360 Math Classroom is the use of the lesson structure of 360degreemath that is viewable at www.360degreemath.com.
This concept of active student engagement coincides with the neuroscience of oxygen reaching the brain to increase activity or understanding. The students standing at the boards in a 360 Math Classroom is supported by the benefits of standing vs. sitting while working math problems: Standing vs Sitting: 9 Health Benefits of Standing Up (developgoodhabits.com)The culture of the math classroom is that of a community of math learners where collaboration is prevalent. Cobb teachers have stated that they will never go back to way they previously taught math. The teachers have creatively continued 360 Math Classrooms virtually with students through the use of desmos, whiteboard.fi, whiteboard.chat, and the use of SMART learning suite.
We look forward to having a model 360 Math Classrooms in every school in Cobb County by the end of the school year 2021-2022!
Michelle Mikes, Supervisor