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    LOVE it! We have both Target the TEKS and Target the Question. We start the first day of school, mainly on HOW to do it. Of course, the children will not be able to do all the skills at first. That's not important. They are being exposed to them. As for your question about what checking system--we just go over the answers together and how to arrive at the answers-there are no grades for the Target board. It does take quite a while to "get the flow" down. At first, it can take as long as 45 minutes of my math time just to get through Target (last year's class-what a nightmare). But usually it takes about 30 minutes at first. Eventually, my kids can whip it out in less than 15 minutes, as little as 5 on some days.

    We have math first period. Our school day begins at 8:00, with the tardy bell ringing at 8:05 followed by the principal and announcements. So I really can't begin instruction until after the announcements. My kids keep the Target answer sheet in their folders all week. At 8:00 they automatically start working. We stop for the pledge, but other than that, they work during announcements. We check Target, Target the question, and ADD math by around 8:25, sometimes earlier. Then I teach the skill lesson for the day. I TRY to finish my lesson by 9:00 because that's when reading is supposed to start, but we are self-contained so I have the luxury of running over time if necessary. It's usually necessary. I often run over about 15 minutes.

    I teach 3rd. We have been an exemplary school for 3 yrs. in a row, recognized every year before that. We started getting exemplary the next year after we started using Target--but I won't say it had anything to do with it. This last class was VERY low in math coming into 3rd (51 out of 70 kids scored low on the previous year's achievement test!). We managed 91% passing on the math TAKS this year.

    Our 1st and 2nd grades also use Target, but I don't know how they implement it in their classes.

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