Next Friday marks the end of the first trimester for my school. It seems like I blinked and poof it was November! We are just around the corner from Thanksgiving and then just a hop, skip and jump away from winter break!
Typically each year I do a refresher on Guided Math rules and routines when I get back from winter break. However, this year I am finding that my kids need a refresher now. I can't wait until January. If you find your students starting to wander and not following the charted routines that you set at the beginning of the year, take a break from math groups to spend time to go over your expectations. You will be grateful in the long run.
As a PBIS internal coach, if there is one thing I have learned, it is that students need reteaching boosters. Every once in a while you need to do a climate check, see what areas need attention and create a booster to remind students of rules and expectations.
Next week I will spend the whole week reviewing the rules and routines of the card and game station. My plan is to first teach math whole class. Then I will spend the time after the lesson to create a chart of student behaviors and to practice those expectations/routines. Just like I did at the beginning of the year.
Don't be afraid to create an incentive for the students. Especially since the pre-holiday, can't wait until winter break craziness is about to begin soon. One idea is to create a goal that students can work towards. For example, students can earn points for demonstrating expectations. For each round of guided math they can earn one point. We have four rounds in our day, which means they can earn four points a day. Set a goal as to how many points they need to earn to get a reward.
Do you have an idea for a guided math incentive system or an idea for an easy whole class reward? I'd love to hear from you. Leave a comment below with your ideas!
I also want to give a shout out to Hilary from Rockin Teacher Materials. She wrote a blog post here on how she took the plunge into Guided Math. I love how Hilary took the idea and made it work for her. As I find myself always saying, you need to make it work for you and your classroom. Check out her blog post for some ideas and inspiration!