Introduction to Guided Math
(I know I'm leaving on vacation today, but I started writing this post last night and just had to get it out today! I am so excited about guided math!!)
This year I am venturing into something new. I really want to move away from teaching math as a whole group to teaching it in small groups. I learned from my class last year that there is such a wide variety of skill levels in first grade. At the beginning of the year, you have kids that can’t count to 20 and others that can count over 100. So this is how I hope to reach all those skill levels.
Here's a peek at my rotation chart. It looks the same for reading centres, so students will become very familiar with it. The 6 groups are numbered for math and letters for reading. There is a blank white spot under each group number where I can write the students' names with a dry erase marker. That way I can change my groups as needed. Hello, flexible grouping! Underneath each group card are the three rotations they will be doing that day. At the end of the day, I just need to rotate the group cards and we're all set to go again.
Now I know the “sisters” are all about choice with the Daily 5, and I fully agree that students need choice in order to take ownership of their learning, but there’s a little part of me that just can’t let go all the way. So although the rotations kind of dictate what each student is doing, there is still choice within each rotation.
I am lucky to have some shelving in my new classroom where I can store all of my tubs. If you don't have the space for that, you can use those plastic drawer units. They would work quite nicely for centres as well!
I haven't quite decided how this one will work, but I do have a large collection of math picture books, so I think that I will use the picture books in my whole class mini lesson, then have a follow up reflection/activity for students to do, using the picture book we read. I might switch it up sometimes and do some problem solving journals, number of the day, or weekly graphs. Stay tuned for how this one works out :)
So there you have it! A peek into the world of guided math... how I see it in my classroom anyways! :) Let me know if you have any questions. Once I get into my classroom and start getting it set up, I will show you some more pictures of how it all works and what centres I am going to be putting into the tubs first!
If you are interested in my rotation cards, you can get my math cards and literacy cards from TpT. Just click the pictures below.