My student teacher is getting ready to take over 4th grade math in our class. It is on fractions. My 5th graders just finished a fractions unit and they have no concept of what is going on. I'm not sure what it is but collectively this group of 5th graders are so low in math. It's discouraging. So my student teacher and I decided that she would teach the 4th grade fractions unit to the whole class. First of all this will give her a chance to really lead the whole class in a bigger content subject area but also I'm hoping that it will solidify the concept of fractions for my 5th graders. They have a second unit on fractions later in the year and that's why we decided to go ahead and double up on it.
She's really digging into her learning from the math class she took last year and I'm excited to see how she ends up tweaking the unit from the book to make it work.
It's a bit hard to sit and watch her teach because I'm SO used to doing everything myself...but I refrain from jumping in because I want her to be able to learn how to handle situations without me. I couldn't have asked for a better first-time experience as a cooperating teacher. :)