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A good read

January 13, 2012

I am really enjoying the book Guided Math: A Framework for Mathematics Instruction by Laney Sammons

Although it may be geared in spots towards elementary education (if you are a high school teacher just skip those parts) this author makes a great case for the use of guided math groups similar to the instructional model of guided reading groups in classrooms. This to me is one part of the differentiation that is called for in the area of Quality Core Instruction (Tier 1 or RtI) and this allows for the rigor called for in the Common Core State Standards. With Guided Math instruction you work with 5-7 students in a small group who are all at the same instructional level for 5-10 minutes on a “hot topic”. For some groups it may be teaching the basic vocabulary and definitions for others it may be adding extension opportunities. While you are doing Guided Math with a small group the other students are participating in what is called Math Workshop (working collaboratively or independently on math work that they can do without teacher support). You have to obviously take some time to teach your expectations for the Math Workshop model. These formats would not be used all the time or every day in class but it has its place in the concept of differentiation–supporting struggling learners and offering more for kids who are ready for it.

If anyone else gets a chance to read it (in between grading finals) or has read it, I would love to start a conversation here about it 🙂

Have a great weekend!!!


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