HERE. This week's focus is using Guided Math with small groups.
The chapter begins with the advantages of small group instruction: it's comfortable and safe for students. It teaches students to work with others. Allows teachers to vary the process, product, and content. Allows teachers to meet with groups variably based on instructional tasks and needs of the group. Increased attention. Immediate feedback.
Sammons also lists some challenges: time to plan and less direction instruction from the teacher to name a few.
The chapter then moves into ways to form groups. Data can be gathered from pre-tests, formative tests, performance tasks, observations, and conversations.
One of the main takeaways for me from this chapter was about preparing for Guided Math groups. I picked up this fabulous resource from Jamie at Diary of a Not So Wimpy Teacher.
How do you organize and plan for small group instruction in math?
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