Chapter 9 – Putting it Into Practice
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I thought this would be one final, “A-ha” chapter, but I will admit I was let down. Was it just because I was tired, or did you feel that way, too? My hope was that I would find a chapter that really painted a picture of a day in the life of Guided Math. I wanted to read about how all the pieces connected during one math block (warm-up, mini-lesson, small group lessons, math workshop tasks, conferences, etc.). Now that I have finished reading the book I have been given confirmation that I CAN incorporate Guided Math & Math Workshop into my classroom, I AM doing many things right so far, and I WILL be able to add some of those pieces I have been avoiding without too much difficulty.
So, how am I putting Guided Math into practice? I developed a Math Workshop format that would work in my classroom using the acronym Math T.I.M.E. I have created a Math Workshop binder where I am currently collecting resources for math warm-ups, independent work, buddy games, and extension activities. I have tracked down several resources for math literature.
What do I still need? I will need ongoing support this fall from my blogger buddies as I jump in with both feet. I am still looking for a way to document math conferences that will work for me. I’m working out a schedule for math warm-ups. I like the table on pg. 86, but still want to modify it to fit my students & teaching style. Does anyone have any other recommendations for further reading on Guided Math & Math Workshop?
I have received a few comments & e-mails asking for more information about my Math T.I.M.E. ideas and my Math Workshop binder. If there is something specific you want to see or have me share leave me a comment and I will be sure to include it in a future post 🙂
I felt the same way while reading the book. SO many great ideas… buuuuttt how was I suppose to do it?!?! I feel like I just jumped into guided math and had a lot of trial and error. You sort of figure it out along the way I guess. Excited to see how TIME works out for you this year though! I love new math ideas.
Reaching for the TOP!
I think the consternation you are feeling of not having a set schedule program is also the beauty of guided math: it's flexible & meant to be responsive to both student needs & teacher 'style'. Like Amanda, says, it may take a bit of playing around with it to see what works best for you & your kiddos.
I've had the same thoughts as you about a support group type thing…working on a weekly feature? Would you be in?