The first thing that I loved about this chapter was that Sammons says there's a place for whole class instruction in the guided math framework! So many times I feel like as educators we're
- mini lessons
- reading aloud math literature
- preparing for Math Workshop
- leading activating strategies
An area from the chapter that really struck me was on mini-lessons. I have the habit of conducting maxi-lessons. Sammons reiterates that mini-lessons should be brief and explicit, lasting no more than 10 minutes. She then goes through the architecture of a math mini-lesson (connection, teaching point, active engagement, link to ongoing student work). On page 116, she gives tips for effective mini-lessons. I will be referring to this constantly as a reminder to improve in this area.
Another area that I loved reading about was using math literature. I used to be really good about finding literature to go with every math topic, but unfortunately I have slacked off in that area. Since I will be in a new grade level in the fall, I am determined to increase this aspect of my math instruction. I made a spreadsheet to help me organize books I've used/want to use and to get ideas from all of you fabulous teachers.
Click here to access the spreadsheet. Please add to it so we can increase this list of resources!
Unfortunately, most of my instruction in math was whole class. I tried a work station approach (click HERE to read) in February where my kiddos did the whole group lesson, then went to work stations. This had its positives and negatives. The biggest negative for me, which was why I eventually stopped doing it, was that I wasn't differentiating my instruction enough which means I wasn't meeting the needs of my students. I love that the Guided Math Framework will allow me to do this better.
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