Saturday, June 23, 2012

Guided Math Chapter 4 Jots and Thoughts FREEBIES Link Up


Hello fellow Mathematicians (you’ll get the reference later)! I’ve broken the book up into sections and given some thoughts on them. At the end you’ll find some questions to ponder. I would love for you to answer them, all of them, some of them, etc. Hope you enjoy. At the very end there are some math freebies!
“While whole-class instruction may not be the most effective approach for all lessons, it can be used quite effectively for some instructional purposes.” 
Advantages of Whole-Class Instruction
  • easy way to present information to all students 
  • it is streamlined (less prep work for teacher)
  • great for “hooking” students into a new math unit/topic/chapter
  • it can help build a sense of community with your class

Challenges of Whole-Class Instruction
  • the teacher student ratio is large in a whole group setting, while small-group instruction diminishes the teacher student ratio
  • it is difficult to provide specific feedback to each student in a whole group setting, in a small group setting it is easier to recognize what feedback to give a student
  • the author also discusses the use of students evaluating their own work through the use of rubrics and other assessment tools - I believe this allows students to take even more ownership of their learning which was discussed earlier in the book
  • in this section along the lines of assessment, an idea used in science class came up: in science class you are often evaluated using paper-and-pencil AS WELL AS a lab component, the teacher observes you using your science in action . . . wouldn’t it be wonderful to incorporate a math “lab” component to your unit/topic/chapter assessments? I will definitely be incorporating this into my math assessment!

Mini Lessons
  • can be used to begin a lesson or to wrap up a lesson
  • “Mini lessons are primarily teacher directed and are valuable, but should be brief, yet explicit-no more than ten minutes.” I found this interesting because I always feel like when I decide that I am doing a mini lesson it never is “mini,” especially just ten minutes. I’ve read 10-15 minutes is a good length for them but always struggled meeting tat time frame. So I LOVED that she broke down the parts of a mini lesson and gave an example lesson. The following are all aspects of a mini lesson:

  • this is the hook, how are you going to get your students interested and involved in the lesson?
teaching point
  • state what the students are going to learn today, “Today I am going to teach you. . .”
  • what I found most interesting in this section was the emphasis on the teacher ”thinking aloud” we are always told do that during reading instruction, but how smart during math instruction!
active engagement
  • let students have a try at the concept
  • the author gave some great ideas for this that are more than paper-and-pencil such as: “turn and talk” teaching the point to a partner, tell how they would apply the concept in “real” life, use a whiteboard to solve the problem
  • I always thought this time had to be long and I had to check every student
  • I learned that it can be a quick informal assessment where I can inventory what students get it and which ones I need to focus on
link to ongoing work
  • help student find a connection with past math learning to the present new concept being taught
sample mini lesson
  • all I have to say is I am calling my students Mathematicians during any math instruction - what a great way to give them ownership of their learning in math

Tips for Effective Mini lessons
the following are ways to increase the effectiveness of the mini lesson
  • limit student talk
  • keep the connection brief
  • state the teaching point simply and reiterate it
  • demonstrate the mathematics teaching point
  • use a familiar context for problem solving
  • match the active engagement to the mathematics teaching point

Activating Strategies
  • one idea mentioned was previewing key vocabulary that students will need for the concept
  • earlier in the book teaching vocabulary was discussed - a numeracy rich environment - I LOVE the Frayer model for math (at the bottom of this post is a link to several freebies for math vocabulary)
KWL Charts
  • a KWL chart is a great visual for an informal inventory of what students think they know, what they want to know, and what they learned
  • I also believe if this a molding object in the classroom that is not done once and put away, but is interactive throughout the whole topic it is a great way for students to take ownership of their learning (at the bottom of this post is a link to several freebies for a math KWL chart)
Anticipation guides
  • these reminded me of the reading survey/inventory teachers have their students take at the beginning of the year
  • I think these would be great to have for every topic/chapter/unit - they are simple ten questions that can be answered true/false 
  • they allow students to have a little commercial of what’s coming up in math
  • if they don’t know an answer they are encouraged to do the best they can
  • Then you can tally up students answer in an anonymous fashion and even create student driven graphs. I believe this would be a great visual to put up in the class and refer to when doing the anticipation guide at the end of the topic. What a great review session. Allow your students to redo the anticipation guide and create a new student driven graph. I am SO excited to implement this next year with my students! 
Word Splashes
  •  this is where you get a big piece of paper and place vocabulary relevant to the topic and introduce the meanings - I’m not sure how I feel about this. . . 

Reading Math-Related Children’s Literature
  • I LOVE literature! I invested in some Stuart J. Murphy math books and am always on the lookout for math literature. 
“Stories make ordinary situations come alive for students.”
  • It is important, just like any read loud, for the teacher to think aloud noticing the math connections and making math-to-self connections and then to give this process over to your students eventually.
Setting the Stage for Math Workshop
  • One important thing here is to establish routines and procedures and not rush this process (it doesn’t work when you rush the process)
Math Huddle
  • this is a time for students to share the current math in their life, the teacher acts as facilitator
  • I find this to appear to work better with upper grades. . . 
Practice and Review Sessions
  • I love the game review concept (when I get around to it I plan on making some reusable pocket chart friendly jeopardy cards) I'll post them as a freebie)

 I created some freebies in different themes to go along with this chapter. I will be using the candy themed ones in my classroom this year!
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Don't forget that I am co-hosting this chapter with Once Upon a Teaching Blog


Mrs. G said...

I wish I had been able to join this Math study thing going around. I'm new to blogging and would love to join in the next time. Thanks for putting some of the info out there. It looks great!

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Jen R. @ The Teachers' Cauldron said...

wow girl! :)
I LOVE using literature in ALL my subjects...
and thanks for a the freebies! I found a few to match my theme :) beach, of course! :)

Mrs. Alaniz said...

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kilgosclass said...

Thanks so much for the freebies! To answer some of your questions:
1. One way I use WG instruction effectively is to keep the kids actively engaged during most of it. We do a LOT of turn and talk, jot, draw, movements, choral answers, and use the IWB and activexpressions.
2. Could the math journal be used as a math lab assessment? We use "ThinkPads" (steno books).
3. I try to use real life experiences or things the kiddos are interested in for the hook. (Example: J and T went paint balling last long do you think it would take them to use all of their paint balls if they had X amount...?)
4. Yes, I think aloud. "I'm not sure, what I'm supposed to do...let me see if I can find the question and underline it.."
5. I've said things like "Mathematicians call this..." but I could easily make the switch to calling the kiddos mathematicians. I'm not sure how 4th graders will respond to that, but you never know.
8. I'm not totally sold on the word splashes. Honestly, I'm not too certain I understood exactly how to do it. I don't really want kids "guessing" the meaning and hearing/saying/thinking it wrong. I'd love to see a video of someone modeling this activity so I could form a better opinion.


Patti Wilson said...

I enjoyed reading your thoughts on chapter 4. I'm glad you mentioned how the author suggests students evaluate their work with rubrics. I wanted to mention that on my post but forgot. I am intrigued by this, but unsure how to create a self-evaluating math rubric. Do you have any examples to share?


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Caroline said...

Thank you for hosting! I love the concept of students taking ownership of their learning and grading themselves on how they did.

Tania said...

Fabulous post and freebies!
This Guided Math sounds better and better everyday :)
My Second Sense

Brenda said...

What a wonderful post on Chapter 4! And terrific freebies too! I can't decide which one to use in my room!

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Suzy Q said...

Love the question, though. When I downloaded part 2 from TPT it was the same as part 1. (The 30 page file, but the description says a larger number.) Are the links the same?

Mrs. G said...

Great info! Thanks. I'm sending you the One Lovely Blog Award. Stop by to pick it up.

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Sara at school said...

Thanks for the freebies - will be using these! And thanks for making this a kinky, so much easier.

Amerrwet said...

I loved your posts. It was full of information and a good breakdown of the chapter. I am fairly new to teaching and feel I am learning so much about doing things differently in my class. I will do guided math next year. In answer to some of your questions. I actually liked the word splashes, I think it is a great visual reminder for the students and a good way to have the vocabulary present other than a word wall. I am thinking if I start with the word splash, then when we get to the word in our unit, they will be familiar with it, then we can actually add it to the word wall. I have some ideas swimming around in my head. Thanks again for the post. I don't have a blog but do follow them. :)

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