Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Guided Math Chapter 4

Pin It I am late linking up with this amazing book study for Chapter Four due to a series of most unfortunate events...This past weekend I wrecked my car, our sprinkler system broke and flooded our neighbor's newly finished basement, and our air conditioner literally blew up!  Needless to say I haven't had a lot of time for blogging:)  While it wasn't my favorite weekend ever,  I have so much to be grateful for this morning.  I am so glad no one was hurt when I wrecked my car.  I have the most wonderful,understanding neighbors anyone could ask for, a husband who can fix anything, and auto insurance. 

Thanks again to Brenda at Primary Inspired for getting this party started!!

Sweet Seconds      
Brittany from Sweet Seconds and Katie from Once Upon a Teaching Blog are hosting Chapter Four all about using Guided Math with whole group instruction.  I learned so much from both of these lovely ladies.

I couldn't agree more with Laney Sammons on page 106:

Before discarding methods entirely in our efforts to improve our instruction, we should evaluate their effectiveness in a variety of contexts.  
While whole-class instruction may not be the most effective approach for all lessons, it can be used quite effectively for some instructional purposes.

I graduated and started teaching first grade in the early 90's.  After I had my second child, I decided to take a break from teaching and stay home to play with my babies.  Five kids and 12 years later I came back to find that what had once been best teaching practices, were far out of date with current research.   The past four years have been an exciting time for me as I have taken what I know to work from past experience, and meshed it with what research is showing to be the most effective teaching methods now.  What I have learned from this experience is that I have to trust myself, and do what is best for kids.  

I have always loved reading and discussing math related literature with my whole class.  Here are some of my favorites:
Grandfather Tang's Story (Dragonfly Books)
How Many Feet in the Bed?
When a Line Bends . . . A Shape Begins

The Button Box (English)

The Purse



  1. So sorry to hear about your horrible weekend. Hope things are going better this week. I'm headed to Amazon to add these great books to my list. Thanks!

  2. Thanks Sheree!! You know after the rain comes the rainbow!!

  3. Thanks for linking up. I love the book suggestions- they are going right on my wish list at Amazon. Glad you were not hurt in the wreck!

  4. You are welcome!! Thanks for hosting!!

  5. Oh no! So sorry about your weekend! Maybe this one will be better :) I really enjoyed reading your post, especially about what it was like to come back after staying home with the kids. Thanks for sharing the literature. I wasn't familiar with several of them, so I'll definitely check them out.


    1. It really loved being home, but I missed teaching and it is so fun to be back!
      Check them out and then let me know what you think!!

  6. I'm so sorry to hear about the unfortunate events that has happened to you lately! I hope better things are in store for you. :)I really like your math literature selection. That's something I want to incorporate more into my math curriculum next year. Glad you are okay!
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  7. So sorry to hear about all your bad luck. You must have been reading the same book I am to find the "silver lining" in all of it. (1000 Gifts)

    1. I haven't read that book...I'll have to check it out.

  8. I love How to Make a Foot for math learning, too, and Loreen Leedy's math books (like Measuring Penny). Thanks for sharing your suggestions!

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