You mention that the 20 mins is enough time to teach a lesson as attention spans are pretty short anyhow. Do you also find that 20 min is enough time at each station? Are they usually able to finish what they've started (playing). This is one reason I've heard for teachers giving up on their guided math attempts...
Hi Recessduty!I find that 20 minutes is enough time, yet again, attention spans start to wander after about 20 minutes. The games I have the students play are not games that are going to take them more than 20 minutes to finish a game. Usually they are able to get a couple rounds done in 20 minutes. I also find that it is better to have the kids play in only pairs or three people per game. I made my group split up and not play the game all together. The more kids playing one game, the more time it will take to finish. Also keeping them in pairs, keeps the noise down too.
I have found this website very helpful in preparing me for school this year. I do have a couple of questions though. Our class sizes are big. Last year, my class got up to 27 students. What is the max number of kids you have had to put in a group? If you add groups, do you have to add a workstation? Thanks!
I had 27 kids last year and most likely will have that again this upcoming year. Bigger class sizes = bigger groups. I just try to divide them as equal as I can between the four groups. If at all possible I try to keep my numbers lower for my first group (ones who need more reinforcement and more direct attention). You could add another station if you added a group, or you can just double up at one station.
I started Guided Math this year. All has been going well. The students and I love it!! I know they are learning but my post test results are reflecting the learning. I think it is because I am not sitting with them like I do in groups. Do you have any advise?
We have a structured format for guided reading groups (before, during, after). Do you follow a certain format when you conduct guided math?
love the math game ideas you have one here, I have started guided math this year and I love it. I took a candy land game and added some addition and subtraction problems on the squares, I also took some circle dots like those for a garage sale and wrote numbers on them and put them inside and egg carton I like the 18 eggs more numbers, I took 2 cubes, later in the year added a third. they have to shake the egg carton and then write down the numbers the cubes landed in and add the numbers together. later I have them subtract too.
Hi -Just strating in Elementary teaching after 15 years in secondary - appreciate your sharing of your expertise in how to start! This has been a lifeline!
Help!!! My new math program requires me to teach compatible/comparable numbers. For example 484 is approximately 450 and 232 is approximately 225. So instead of adding 484 and 232, you find the compatible numbers and add them. This is our first year with Common Core. My students have trouble rounding let alone doing this. PLEASE help. Any ideas you could give would be awesome!!Thanks,LuAnn