Sunday, July 22, 2012

Forgive Me Bloggers for I Have Lost

Guided Math: Confession Time:

Okay, so this week I am supposed to write a review of Chapter 9 of Guided Math. I was going to stand on the top of the tallest building and proclaim that Guided Math was my new true love and that everyone should get on board! 

I have two confessions to make: 
       1. I think I left the book in my hotel room in Myrtle Beach last month. 
       2. I don't think that Guided Math is going to work with my current group of students. 

If you've been keeping track, I went back to school with my newest kidderonies on July 9th. The are cute and precious and darling and a challenge. 

I'm still going to give Guided Math a go (because I promised myself I would), but I'm not sure how it is going to fit into my current math block (which seems to shrink every day) and I'm not sure how much time I have to teach these kiddos procedures for Daily CAFE AND Guided Math. Right now it seems to be an insurmountable task.

Even though I don't have the book (I've been looking for it for over a week in preparation for this post!!) I do recall that the last chapter is on Putting it Into Practice.

Guided Math in Ms. T's Classroom:

Okay so here is the low down: 

Monday, Wednesday, & Friday I plan to teach my normal Whole Group math lesson with (hopefully) some remediation at the end while students are practicing and eating their working snack. 

Tuesdays & Thursdays I plan to pull groups of students. Struggling students called the Thousands and also the medium low students called the Hundreds, will be pulled both days. The Tens and Ones will only see me in small group once a week. 

For the lows I think this will help a ton, eventually they will just start to bloom right? And at that point I can start pulling the Tens and Ones more often for enrichment, right? 

So you can go here to download the PowerPoint that I created. It goes over our guidelines, our weekly math goals and tells the students which groups they are in. I will probably eventually create a slide telling which groups to go where but I'm not sure where I'm going to have them "go" yet. I know, this post SCREAMS of math intervention needed . . . for the teacher that is. :)

As Told By the Experts:

Okay, so I found a couple of A-M-A-Z-I-N-G resources for teaching guided math. These ladies are EXPERTS. One of them even includes TONS of ideas for centers. So you can download my dinky PowerPoint if you would like, but if I were you I would head over and check out what some REAL Guided Math teachers do! :) 

I hope I am forgiven. Be sure to think of me this week while you are sleeping until 11:00am, meeting friends for an hour long lunch, and going to the bathroom whenever you please. 

Have a great week everyone!


  1. I appreciate your honesty. As much as we sometimes want to do things, reality gets in the way.

    Our district uses Everyday Math. (Called that because there is a new lesson every day!) I can't wrap my head around how to meet with some and have some do independent practice AND keep up the pace! Which means we will be doing whole group work yet again.

  2. I love that you have named your differentiated groups with place value models- lol~ I hope your class irons out soon. Jen has the same problem as well. I'm hoping I don't encounter the same problems, however I am EXTREMELY ANXIOUS about this whole CC. I'm already in panic mode. Can't wait to see you guys in a few days.

  3. Thanks for pointing out how appreciative I should be of carefree bathroom visits! It's little things like this we take for granted until the year starts again=) I hope you have a wonderful year and I'm sure things will get easier to implement once the kids get into the routine.

    F is For First Grade

  4. I was seriouly trying to do guided math everyday and it was hard! Thanks for the ideas!

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