In the past during math students rotated through a guided math group, independent work and a partner game.
In our blended environment students are making choices about where and with whom they work. All students are involved in instruction and learning at the same time.... no rotating and ... no partner games.
Today I decided to add partner games back in the mix. With 20 minutes left in the math period I rang the chimes and simply mentioned that students were welcome to stop what they were doing and play math partner games.
Their smiles helped remind me that math is hard work and some of the work should be fun!
I have a sweet student who twirls... often. Everyone in the class will be working or listening or walking in the hall and my sweetie will be twirling. She reminds me that in the midst of hard work sometimes you just have to twirl!