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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Your Guided Math Schedule

Calling All Guided Math Teachers...

I am looking to put together a resource of examples of all different Guided-Math schedules.  How many groups do you meet, how long do you meet, what is your rotation schedule, what stations do you use?

The beauty of guided math is that you create a schedule that works for you and your students.  Everyone is different on how many groups they meet, the frequency, and station choices.  My goal is to provide a resource for teachers that are looking for ideas on how to schedule math within the time-frame they have allotted.  This would be a good resource for either teachers starting out or ones that are looking to tweak their schedule or get some new inspiration.

If able, can you please email me with what you do in your classroom. I'll give credit to those who share! Some things to include...

1. How many groups
2.  Time Frame - how long do you meet with each group
3.  Rotation Schedule
4.  What students do at each station
5.  What math program do you use; ex: EDM

I really appreciate you taking the time to do this! :)  Email me at

Thank You!


  1. Hey Mary- I posted over summer about how I had tried to set up my math time last year. I've done it some this year too, but certainly not everyday. I included some printable schedules and planning forms that you might be able to use. Here's the old post:

  2. I would LOVE to do guided math! I hope people send in some sample schedules! I have no idea where to start!

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  3. My guided math looks something like this:
    I do a mini lesson where I introduce a concept and then delve further into a topic in the small group setting.
    I have 4 groups with ~ 5 students/group. The rotations include
    1. Meet with teacher - teach in depth the topic we are learning about; look for patterns, strategies, etc
    2. Group Work
    a. Math games - reinforces the topic we are covering
    b. Groups are sometimes asked to solve an open-ended problem. They are given large sheets of chart paper and need to present their solutions to the rest of the class
    3. Independent work -
    a. This includes solving and writing about a math problem. These problems are generally taken from the state test and give the students practice for state testing.
    b. Students also receive 1 state multiple choice question per day which they need to answer.
    c. Students then work on their math menu which is differentiated based upon their level and provides practice on specific topics
    d. Students may be asked to solve an open-ended problem on their own. We then conduct a gallery walk to view the different problem-solving techniques used and comment on each other's strategies.
    4. Meet with aide - I'm lucky enough to have an aide who re-teaches, reviews, or practices with the students

    I meet with 2 groups/day. Groups see either me or the aide. Groups meet for 15-20 minutes then we do a wrap up of the day.

  4. Oh I would love to see what all you have gotten together! I really need to get some plans together over the summer! Thanks!

  5. I'm really interested in the idea of guided math. I loved the way my math time worked last year. Normally as the children worked in groups, I would just help those that needed help-- but not teach specific lessons to a group (as I would for reading). I think the main reason for not teaching specific lessons is because of lack of resources and assessments to actually know where each child is. Anyway, I'm really interested to read more about it. Here's the math schedule I used last year:
    40 minutes- math tubs- children work in groups of 4 or 5- complete one tub, then go to a second choice (this would be the time for me to do guided math groups)
    20- whole group math lesson (I will start using enVision in the fall)
    20- math notebook (each day was something different- number talk, graphing, estimation, and problem solving)
    20- calendar on Promethean Board

    I blogged a little more in-depth about it last year:

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  6. hi--i'm a new follower! i am very interested in the rotations and activities used also. our schedule this past year was really hard to work with. i would appreciate being able to see all the suggestions! thanks for doing this!