Thursday, June 14, 2012

Guided Math- Chapter 1

Whew...I am finally done my report cards, at least the first draft, as they are now being edited and I can devote my attention to the fabulous book studies underway!

I have been devouring this book. Each night after I finished my feverish typing of my reports I snuggled into bed with my copy of Guided Math, a yellow highlighter, a pen and some post it notes. And my mind has been exploding! At one point my husband actually asked me to stop because the squeaking from my highlighter was waking him up!! LOL 

I can definitely say that this book is going to change EVERYTHING about my math teaching. For those of you that are new here, or are new followers, math is not my thing. I spent the first 6+ years of career teaching Grades 7 and 8 on rotary. This means I only taught Language Arts, Geography and History (with a few other subjects...French!..sprinkled in), but two years ago I loved to teaching Grade 4 and ALL the subjects. Which meant that 7 years into my teaching career I was a first time math teacher. YIKES.

So when Brenda from Primary Inspired asked me to join in on this book study I jumped at the chance. I have done very little math PD and getting better as a math teacher has been a personal goal of mine for some time.

So what did I think? 

Chapter 1

My current school follows a problem-based teaching model for math and we have been doing a lot of work surrounding this in the past few years. However, when I read on page 16 that "the traditional, whole-class instructional method continues to be what most students encounter in today's schools" I wrote TRUE in the margin. Even though I try my best to differentiate as soon I feel a time crunch or a little uncomfortable with the material I revert back to this teaching method in my math classes.

I don't want to do this anymore.

I love then Laney Sammons writes "It is no longer acceptable to have a portion of our students underachieve in mathematics". YES! YES! YES! We have to make sure our student are achieving in math, and we have to do this with the same passion we bring to our reading an writing lessons.

My goals for the future...

1. After reading this chapter I really want to create a classroom that is a numeracy rich environment. This is something I worked hard at this year, feeling that with my extensive background in language arts it was an area I could excel with my math instruction. But of course, there is always room for improvement.

2. Math Warm Up- oh just wait!! I fell in love with this chapter. That's a whole other post.

3. And the rest...I know it's best to start slow. I am going to implement a few things at a time and work up to it all but I want to get there. Do I ever!!

8 Brilliant Teaching Thoughts:

Anonymous said...

For which grade levels is this book targeted?

Sabra said...

I'm in the same boat! I've only taught 5th grade Reading, Language Arts, and Social Studies but I just know math will be sneaking up on me soon. You made me very excited to read it and learn new ways to help my homeroom kids who need extra math help.


Amanda said...

I'm so excited to see new people embracing Guided Math! It truly is a wonderful concept. I've been doing it for 2 years, and cannot think of how I was able to teach math before! It's been lonely not hearing a lot about guided math in classrooms, so I cannot wait to hear other ideas! Especially your thoughts on warmups! :)

Ms. Wilkie's Second Grade Class

Ms. Fritze said...

Is it too late to join your book study? I have the book and I want to start something like this next year.

Heather Mathews said...

Do you have a math curriculum, or are you pretty much on your own? I'd love to hear how the philosophy and practices in this book could be used in partnership with a curriculum like Everyday Math (which is our district mandated math program).

Loved hearing your thoughts on chapter 1!


Mary P. said...

My goal is to have my classroom be as numeracy-rich as it is literacy-rich!

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Brenda said...

@ Heather-- I think you'll find that Guided Math aligns well with Everyday Math. I used the Guided Math framework with EDM last year & it worked well. Part 1 fits well as the whole group mini-lesson, Part 2 can either be part of small group or workshop (depending on the activity), math boxes can be workshop, & Part 3 is perfect for small group. Remember that the whole framework of Guided Math is meant to be flexible & should work FOR you!

Thanks for linking up, Beth! I'm so excited to read what the other chapters hold for us!

Primary Inspired

A. Kate said...

I am so glad I found your blog. I love the book club idea and am going to follow along.


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