Good day to you! Back with you to discuss chapters 1 & 2 of Guided Math in Action by Dr. Nicki Newton.As we begin this book study, we look forward to hearing how each of you transacts with the text—what makes you think, what connections you make, what questions arise, what plans are put in motion, etc. Please feel free to share any thoughts and questions that you have as you reflect on the reading and your own teaching.
- the flexible grouping of students according to their areas of need
- the teaching of students at their instructional level
- the interaction and exchange of thoughts and ideas among students and with the teacher
- the use of appropriate tools to explore a concept at the concrete level
- a teacher’s observations and record keeping
- the development of students’ understanding, reasoning, and confidence
- Meeting Students Where They Are
- Tapping into Multiple Learning Styles & Intelligences
- Building Mathematical Confidence
- concrete manipulatives
- counters
- graphic organizers (number lines and grids)
- drawings
- acting out
Dr. Nicki goes on to discuss how math workshop is a means of establishing a strong community of learning in your classroom. She overviews several components of a math workshop:
- calendar (even for upper elementary)
- problem of the day/number of the day (shared experiences)
- whole class mini-lesson (an activity central to concept)
- guided math groups/centers
- math strategy practice/energizers (thinking and talking about numbers together)
- share/class journal/individual journal (sharing related to activities done in math workshop)
Here are just a few ways I create a numerate environment in my classroom:
- shared math journals
- problem solving discussion prompts (discussion fans)
- number talks, even “outside” of math time
- use of math mentor texts
- shared problem solving
- number explorations (number of the day, daily math meeting)
- reflections (e.g. – ‘exit” slips used with idea board shared above)
- math word study (words posted on word wall and the use of key vocab in context of discussions and writing)
Many of the above will be discussed in more detail in future blog posts.
To end, when I first read Guided Math in Action, I was especially taken with figure 2.2 on p. 16 that outlines some superb math thinking prompts. The more I thought about these prompts, I realized many of them are applicable to more than one discipline. Therefore, I decided to create some letter sized signs to post in the classroom this coming school year. I plan to post them by the ginormous question mark that reminds students to ask, WHY? Feel free to download here!
Now it’s your turn! :0) We look forward to all of the ideas and thoughts that will be shared…
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Teaching Little Miracles says
I love the idea board! I know I really need to work on getting my kids comfortable sharing their thinking and challenging the thinking of others. I told you I would be posting on Thursdays…I did an oops and scheduled it for the wrong day! Oh well, it is up and I'm excited to get going. 🙂
Thanks again for hosting!
Crystal
Teaching Little Miracles
guidedmathadventures@gmail.com says
Thanks for your kind words! I just started using this board last year after seeing a first grade teacher's board in our building. The possibilities are many with this–I was able to easily incorporate the exit slips and reflections that I have had my students do for years! Pretty much anything can be written on the blank white box for the kids to respond to. If you are interested in the numbered bulbs, let me know, as I can email them to you. Appreciate your thoughtful posts, on whatever day you chime in… :0)
Sarah
Erika says
Are your question posters available somewhere?
guidedmathadventures@gmail.com says
I may be sharing them in a free download in the future but wanted to make sure it was alright first… :0)
PamsPlace says
I *LOVE* the Easy button. Great way to encourage perseverance. The interactive bulletin board you showed is a great idea. I think it would really foster engagement. And can I say I clicked on the link and found Problem Solving Discussion Fan Freebie. How awesome is that! Wow, such gems in one post. Thanks for hosting this book study. I can't wait to learn more from others!
Lara Roberts says
As a math coach for an elementary campus, I loved the overview of guided math and math workshop in chapter 2. I like that she mentioned the flexibility of using guided math outside of the workshop model. I know it is not what she recommends, but for teachers that are looking at a big change, using guided math can be a small step before launching math workshop. I know I will use pieces of this chapter for our staff development when we go back to school.
Thanks!
guidedmathadventures@gmail.com says
Lara,
Thanks so much for sharing your insight from the point of view of a math coach. I am sure the teachers you partner with will appreciate what you pull from this text to help them get started. They are lucky to have the support of a math coach, especially when making a big change. Appreciate that you are reading along in the text and commenting.
All the best–
Sarah