Friday, June 29, 2012

Guided Math Chapter 5

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 and Mary from Pitner's Potpourri for hosting Chapter 5


Small Group Instruction

I felt the parallels drawn between guided reading and guided math instruction were extremely helpful in this chapter.  It validated what I have been attempting in my classroom for the past few years.  As I have tried to incorporate small group instruction in math, I have based most of my thinking about what it should look like from my experiences with guided reading.  
I have discovered that my guided math groups need to be even more flexible than my guided reading groups.  Just because a students who struggle with "the big idea"  in geometry  doesn't mean they will struggle with place value.  In order for my small group instruction to be effective my grouping of students have to be based on ongoing observation and formal/informal assessments.  Flexibility in grouping my students has been the key to really differentiating math instruction in my classroom.  

So here is my thinking.  First, I want it to be really easy to change my groups around so each child will have their photo with a piece of Velcro on the back to attach it to the board.  Then changing my groups will be a snap!  Secondly,  six would be the most kids I would want to have in a group. Depending on the needs of my students,  I can add or subtract groups and adjust the size of the group. I also want to be able to change task cards around depending on how often I need to meet with a particular group of students.

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  1. Fredia,
    What a great freebie! Thanks so much for sharing! I definitely agree about being more flexible in the math groups. I saw that this year, as I tried to implement them.


  2. Whoa! Your board is amazing! I love your idea of putting the kids' pics on velcro so that you can easily move them around. Excellent idea!
    And thanks so much for sharing!!
    I'm having trouble accessing your freebie, though. Am I missing something?

    Primary Inspired

  3. So sorry! The link should be working now. Thanks for letting me know!!

  4. What a terrific freebie! Thank you for sharing this at TBA and linking up!
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  5. This is exactly what I'm struggling with as I plan for Math next year. Thanks for the freebie. This will be very helpful.

  6. I found your blog through the manic monday at Classroom Freebies. I'm interested in Guided math, so thanks for sharing. I would love it if you'd check my blog out.
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