During my (presently) weekly lawnmowing, I wondered, what do other math teachers' classes look like? I mean, if I were a fly on the wall in your class, how would it run? What's the basic structure/flow of your class? I thought about tweeting this, but then I couldn't answer it myself in 140 characters, so I thought I'd post it here and see what people said in the comments.
My class is what I would consider very typical. Bell rings and in some classes, I have an opening question for students to answer. This is something I have struggled with for a long time. In my Algebra 2 classes, I did a feedback problem for students to work on and turn in, which I would return with feedback on it. We would go over any questions from the previous day's problems. Then the lesson (mostly me talking) and then if there was time, start on the assigned problems.
I don't want my class to look like this next year. I don't feel I am best using my 50 minutes I have with my students daily and I want to incorporate much more problem solving, rich problems, etc. in my classes.
**Addendum - there was something else I meant to add intially as a part of this discussion. How many problems do you assign for practice? Are there certain types of problems you look for to assign? How much practice do you think is "enough?"
So what does your math class look like?