Do you already use the Guided Math model in your classroom and are looking to change it up a bit? Or maybe you are wanting to begin implementing the model in your classroom. No matter where you are in your Guided Math journey, this wonderful group of ladies I am joining up with is sure to get your mind moving!
The wonderful thing about Guided Math is that you can implement the model in a variety of ways based on what components you want to use. Today, I am going to share which components I use in my classroom. I use four different components.
Mini-lessons are a time to share information with your entire class at the same time. I do a mini-lesson each day. On Mondays, I introduce our skill and spend a great deal of time going over our standard for the week and vocabulary for the week. A great deal of time is spent on the mini-lesson for that day. Then, on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday I spend the first 15 minutes building on the mini-lesson from Monday. I try to honor my class time and am very precise about not spending any more than 15 minutes on a mini-lesson on Tuesdays-Thursdays.
Fridays are the only days that I do NOT teach a mini-lesson. I reserve Fridays for assessing and finishing up things from the week.
I meet with small groups on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. We do a lot of different things during small groups. On Tuesdays I use the data from our previous weekly assessment to remediate. Since I use the weekly assessment to form my groups, I have all students with similar struggles already in the same group. This makes it so easy to go over any common mistakes found on the assessment from Friday. Then, I spend Wednesdays and Thursdays practicing and mastering our skill of the week. This is a GREAT opportunity to help students who need a little more practice and accelerate those who are ready to move ahead.
Math Centers are probably my favorite component of Guided Math. Most of the time, I use centers that I have created myself. Similar to the math calendar, I like to have a variety of centers. Throughout the week, my student will rotate through nine centers. They range from geometry, computation, to vocabulary. Regardless of what skill it is, it needs to be something students can do independently. Math centers are completed while I am meeting with a small group, so it it unlikely that I will be able to help struggling students. My more advanced students will go through the centers quicker. For them, I try to have a choice board or standards checklist for them to complete. You can read even more about my math centers here.
Math Calendar is one of those timeless components that never gets old! Teachers have been doing math calendar for decades! However, it is often implemented in primary classrooms. Don’t let this deter you if you are an upper grades teacher. Math Calendar can work for you, too! To read more about my Math Calendar, check out my post from last time.
These are the parts of Guided Math that work for me. If you have other components that you currently use in your classroom, I would love to hear about them! Don’t forget to check out the other ladies!