secret that I am huge believer in guided math. I’ve been teaching in this
format for the last 4 years and I’ll never go back to whole group teaching
again. The new year is perfect for trying out new things so let’s get started!
I’m so excited about my new blog series to go along with my biggest passion,
GUIDED MATH! Over the next few weeks we will be talking about the following:
process? Don’t worry we are going to take it slow. Let’s get started.
way of teaching with a mix of whole and small group instruction. It consists of
the following components:
the components, lets talk about your math block. First, you need to make sure
that you have your math block set up to run smoothly for this transition and
this style of teaching. One of my best tips for you to take away from this is to BE FLEXIBLE!
where your stations do not run smoothly. There will be days when you don’t get
to everything planned or to all the groups you have planned out. You’ll have a fire
drill or a parent will show up unexpectedly with cupcakes.
In years past I’ve only had 60 minutes so I’m going to share examples of both
block is structured and has been this way for the past 2 years. I have a total
of 90 minutes and I always allow time for 2 brain breaks during this time.
(15 minutes each)
spend 30 minutes for my whole group lesson. The second half of the year I try
to cut it down to 20 minutes. Some days it works and other days I need that
extra 10 minutes.
up to where I see 3 math groups a day for 15 minutes each. I have 5 groups total
and with my schedule, I see each group twice a week. I’ll go into more detail
with this in my next post.
that go along with a 90 minute math block.
these and my current schedule are the following:
too short for ME but I know others who prefer it this way. You can adjust the
time to see what works for you. 15 minutes is the perfect amount of time for
me. As your kids build stamina you can also increase your time.
have a 60 minute math block. When I had this amount of time, I followed example
3. I also allowed time for one brain break.
like to share with you is a technique called Power Hour. This is when your core
teaching is done during this time at your teacher table. It consists of the
Mini lesson (5-10
4 15 minute
rotations or 3 20 minute rotations of stations.
a quick introduction or review and then you are practicing those concepts at
the small group table.
ideas on how to organize your math block. In my next post I’ll be discussing how
to create a vision for your math block. I’ll go into detail on what I do during
my whole and small group times.
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