Believe it or not, the kids come voluntarily. Fifty-one 5th graders showed up this morning for a half a day of math. We’ve done this 3 Saturdays in a row. We aren’t teaching anything new, just reinforcing what they’ve already learned.
The thing is, our 5th graders are smokin’ hot. They’re ready for the test, and they don’t need any more pressure — but we’re locked into these Saturday classes, because we signed up for them, and signed the kids up. So — right now I have 12 fifth graders in my classroom playing Yahtzee. I am talking to them about probability and ratio while they play. Mostly they are ignoring me and having fun — as it should be.
Today the kids will rotate between 4 different classrooms. They will play three different math games, and a reading game. This is our last Saturday class. The big nasty test starts Tuesday. I think they’re ready.