Chapter 9 – Putting it Into Practice
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 🙂