Thursday, July 5, 2012

Guided Math Book Study Chapter 6

Guided Math Chapter 6 Book Study
Supporting Guided Math with Math Workshop

I feel my classroom is well organized for Math Workshop.  I just need to move my tubs to drawers. 

Now comes the time to implement Math Workshop, here is where I struggle.  Last year I did not have an aide in the classroom.  This year with a full class I will have an aide ½ the day.   So I am going to take advantage and do my Math Workshop during this time.    I agree with Lammons that students will benefit from Math Workshop by:
·      Developing listening skills to carefully listen to the expectations for the work and look ahead to anticipate questions and needs they may have later.
·      Learn how to work together for a shared purpose
·      Each group member is expected to contribute
·      Treat everyone with respect and kindness
·      Share materials

I also need to get over that all groups need to have the same about of teacher time. 
All students do not have to have equal teacher time:  if students complete or demonstrate their understanding they can move from small group to independent work. 
If I just present a concept, observe how the students are doing.  If students understand let them move to a practice center and then that frees me up to concentrate on the children who really need my help.

I struggle with developing each of my workstations.
Don’t be afraid to have the students work on recalling facts, such as, identifying numbers on flashcards or basic math facts
Not all your workstations need to be a game some of the work stations can be practice and review of basic concepts.  That would take some of the pressure off of me, because I am always trying to come up with unique games that reinforce the concepts that I am teaching. 
Chicka Chicka 123 Bingo 

Today I am linking up this post with who also wrote about chapter 6:


  1. Thanks for the reminder that the stations can be review of previous concepts and don't all have to be games.

    Mrs. Bartel’s School Family

  2. I also have to keep reminding myself that each group might receive a different amount of small group instruction time. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this chapter!
    Stories by Storie

  3. Ah so many great reminders. Both comments above say exactly what I think too! Stations do not always have to be the most magnificent game (which is really hard for me to get through my head!) I also have found that I allot 20 min to each of my small groups, but perhaps I need to think about that next year. Thanks for linking up!

    Reaching for the TOP!

  4. Great post! Thanks for linking up! I like to leave my activities from previous skills into the centers for a couple of weeks just for the practice. Loved all your ideas.
    Barrow's Hodgepodge

  5. I totally agree that each group doesn't HAVE to have the same amount of teacher time. It's kind of hard to manage though with rotations. I've been able to do it effectively in reading using workshop.



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