To trying and at least get some practice with the stuff we haven't learned yet, we have been using expert groups. They are not my own creation, it is a modified version of something from GLAD (Guided Language Acquisition Design). I have never used expert groups with math before. Usually a small group studies something then shares out. For example, during science we are studying birds. Groups worked together to learn about different bird habitats, then shared with rest of class.
Here is what we have been doing-
Friday-Students are chosen to be expert group leaders. (Before Monday I figure out what I want them to do.)
Monday-we have a "working lunch meeting." I go over the three or four concepts I want the class to work on. They choose the one they feel most comfortable teaching.
Monday-Share their lesson with two groups of studnets
Tuesday-Share their lesson with two groups of students.
Then we repeat the process with new groups on Wednesday and Thursday.
So far we have gone through the process twice.
Round 1-Three Expert Groups
Shapes with lines/no lines of symmetry
Round 2-Four Expert Groups
Exploring 3-D shapes
I am amazed at how well it has been going. I don't think it is something I could keep up with all year long, but it has been far more smooth than I thought it would be and everyone is learning something better than if I tried to do giant whole class lessons about all these different topics.