Learning in 360 Degrees: Ms. Tatum’s Students Take On Order of Operations

Learning is: Computing 

Visit Ms. Tatum’s 5th grade classroom at Fairview Elementary School in Buncombe County Schools. This month, they allowed our Discovery Education Community to join them in studying order of operations.

The Big Idea

By completing a series of interactive centers featuring Discovery Education Streaming Plus resources, Ms. Tatum’s students examined how to utilize the rules of the order of operations to solve challenging problems in their math class. Students demonstrated their learning through summarizing and assessment strategies from Discovery Education’s Spotlight on Strategies series. (Canadian subscribers)

Step Inside

Learn more by stepping into a 360 degree view of Ms. Tatum’s classroom. Here are tips to maximize the experience:

  • After launching the 360 degree image, spin your view to find the pin that reads Begin Here. Play the embedded video to meet Ms. Tatum as she shares what students are learning.
  • Just as students rotate through the centers, follow the pins in numerical order. Each numbered pin contains an embedded video that describes what students are doing in each station to support their learning.
  • Don’t take our word for it: hear from Ms. Tatum and see examples of her students’ learning by selecting the pins with images.


Interested in creating a similar experience in your class?  Below are links to copies of Ms. Tatum’s stations directions, Spotlight on Strategies, and tools she featured.

Station 1: Differentiated small group instructional review with Ms. Tatum help her to know and meet the needs of individual learners.

Station 2: Individual practice with solving problems utilizing order of operations with a twist on Three Truths and One Lie (CND) reinforces concept understanding.

Station 3: Partners practice working through the steps of solving problems following order of operations using their math version of Fold, Draw, Learn (CND).

Station 4: Students create a Paper Slide (CND) video with six slides using the story, The King Orders the Operations.

Station 5: Using The Question Is (CND), partners devise three ways to solve for a given number, each more complex in its use of operational thinking.

How does this use of stations support differentiation in Ms. Tatum’s classroom?

New to Discovery Education or interested in learning more about Spotlight on Strategies? Explore resources in the Professional Learning Center. (CND subscribers)

Ms. Tatum’s students work together on a “The Question Is” SOS to create multiple ways to solve for a given number.


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  1. William P. Green said:

    Computing can’t be ignored in modern day’s education system. With basic learning of commuters, we need to implement it in the overall system so that it doesn’t end up as an extra subject but an integrated system of our education system. And 360 degree view of the things make the whole process more intuitive and amazing for kinds. I wish if we could get these stuffs at our early ages in kindergarten or nursery schools!

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