At the beginning of August, we finished a wonderful book study of Dr. Nicki Newton’s * Guided Math in Action*. Over the course of the study, Dr. Nicki contacted us and offered to help in any way she could–SO we asked followers to send us their burning questions. You can click here to read

**Dr. Nicki’s first Q & A**, and today we share her second Q & A.

We received various questions related to using guided math in middle school, so we compiled a few questions to sum them all up and sent them on to Dr. Nicki. Below are her responses.

**Have you used guide math with middle school students (6-8), and how might the structure and procedures compare with K-5?**

**(try using interactive math notebooks — another notebook resource)**, and then a workstation that addresses the current unit of study.

**How might guided math look in a middle school classroom with a schedule that allows for meeting with students during 40-45 minute blocks daily? **

The flow should be:

- 5 min. Routines (Number Talks, Number of the Day, Fraction of the Day, Decimal of the Day {alternating these})
- 10 min. Whole Group Mini Lesson
- 20 min. Student Activity Period (Guided Math {10 min. each group: 2 groups a day} and Workstations)
- 5 min. Debrief

**What specific suggestions do you have for using guided math with older students (6th grade and up)?**

I think it is really important for middle school students to be working with manipulatives. They should be using the decimal squares, base ten blocks, decimal wheels, fraction bars, etc. I will be doing a post on my blog about Tool Kits for upper elementary and middle school in a few

days.

**Can you recommend some guided math resources for middle school teachers?**

Here are a few middle school resources:

- http://scimath.unl.edu/MIM/files/research/Simpson_AR_FinalLA.pdf (copy and paste this url)
- http://jmathpage.com/middleschoolmath/middleschoolmath.html (games students can play at the digital workstation)
- http://www.math-play.com/Middle-School-Math-Games.html (great games to play whole class and/or in workstations)

Thanks again to Dr. Nicki for taking the time to do two great Q & As with our followers!

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Until next time! All the best for a wonderful weekend!

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