Hi! It’s time for part 3 of my guided math series. Today we will be talking all about establishing procedures to set up the perfect math block. You can check out the first two parts of this series below.
Like any other procedure in your classroom, guided math is something that takes time to set up. You can’t just decide to one day do math stations and then start them in your class and expect them to go perfect. I spend the first six weeks of school training my students. We talk about expectations, rules, voice levels, how to use materials, and then slowly introduce things one at a time. It takes patience and practice but once your students have that routine down, it is so beneficial. So, let’s get started!
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Sometimes I just hate keeping up with all the paper, so I’ll use these plastic sleeves and students just use a dry erase marker to write their answers. Teacher Tip – buy these sleeves off of Amazon. You can get a pack of 25 for less than $20. You can’t beat that. Grab them here.
Then I would have them bring to me to quickly check or take a photo with our class iPad and I would look over the answers later.
Then, I discovered SeeSaw and it took being paperless to a whole new level! If you aren’t familiar with SeeSaw, it’s a FREE tool that allows students to have their own online digital portfolio. Each of my students has their own profile. They can take photos and upload pictures of their work for me to check. So, I started having them take a photo of the recording sheet and then they use a stylus to write their answers. They can save it to their portfolio and then it lets me know and I can check it. You can add comments, “like” something, and engage in activities in all sorts of ways. Its amazing!!!
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