Monday, July 2, 2012

Made it Monday, WINNER, Chapter 5 Guided Math

Made It Monday

the bulge is the back brace . . . I can't help but comment on it :-/

Gushy moment BUT I am SOOO in love with this man :) He spoils me with his love!

Next Monday Made It will show how I transform and "cutesified" some other containers I use!

Review and Reflect Guided Math ch. 5

1. How does using flexible, needs-based grouping affect student learning? How can it affect teaching strategies employed by teachers?
     I believe flexible, needs-based grouping provides students with the best instruction to meet their current academic needs. It seeks to provide students with instruction that is right at their level. It allows the teacher to scaffold the lesson to a limited amount of students. The lower teacher-student ratio also maximizes the students learning because the teacher is better able to assist the students in any way they need. Another awesome aspect of this type of instruction is that the students are grouped with similar needs so they feel more "safe" and willing to ask questions.
     This type of instruction allows the teacher to truly tailor instruction to specifically address students areas of need. 

2. Do you use Guided Reading in your classroom? If so, how can you adapt it to accommodate mathematics instruction? What about it is easily modified for teaching mathematics? What may be more difficult to adapt?
     I did last year but not to its fullest potential. This year I plan on implementing it in a way that fits my classroom needs. I do see many similarities between Guided Reading and Guided Math now more than ever. I've even picked up Comprehending Math: Adapting Reading Strategies to Teach Mathematics by Hyde. This book has really brought to light all the obvious connections that I am just realizing now between math an dreading. I find a lot of the techniques for teaching reading work just as well when teaching math. The biggest difference is the vocabulary. It still needs to be made real world significant. Students still make text-self, text-text, and text-world connections. I find trying to make every math concept connect to the real world is NOT impossible just difficult and takes some thinking sometimes.  

3. What data do you have that can guide you as you create small groups of students for Guided Math?
     Next year I have several things that will help me to group my students. In the beginning of the year I have last years school wide assessment, I have the beginning of the year diagnostic math test, and the topic pre-tests. I also plan on creating topic observation checklists for each math topic to use as an assessment tool to help group students and make sure they understand what is essential. I am planning on using the pre-tests on the computer that we have access to assist with my grouping as well. 

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I'm able to go back into my room for the rest of the summer. I plan on "putting it back together" in increments :) I really want it to be the best learning environment for my kiddos.

Graphics from Maree Truelove:


Tara said...

Ok....your tutorial pics are so dang cute!!!! Yeah!!! I love everything you did! I am thinking about doing over my rocking chair....hmmm. Thanks for linking up:))) I'll be back to read your reflections on Chap.5...I'm off to go watch my son play some golf:)))

4th Grade Frolics

Emily said...

Great Job!

I Love My Classroom

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

wow!! You go girl...working on your stuff with your back outta whack!!

I'm in the midst of redoing my rocking chair too...just gotta find the RIGHT fabric...and apparently, it's harder than I thought it would be :-/

Susan Kalkman said...

I love that you used spray paint to spruce up plastic. I was "garage sale-ing" through the hallways at the end of the school year and found the cutest plastic organization bins and cups but they were all drawn on in pen!! I cleaned them up and was going to research how to paint plastic.... thanks for doing the research for me!

Polka Dots and Teaching Tots

Amanda said...

Wow, I love all the photos you posted to show the process! Guess I'm a visual learner :) Awesome job on them! I've been trying to use my laminator but I'm struggling when I try to laminate cardstock. I have my laminator on the highest setting.. but its just not working... has that ever happened to you?

Reaching for the TOP!

Layla Wiedrick Henry said...

Thanks for the directions on the Teacher's Toolbox!
I am your newest follower! I just started my own blog and am excited to connect to other passionate educators.
Fancy Free in Fourth

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Jennifer Tilton said...

These photos really helped me understand what to do. Thank you so much for sharing!

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Kaitlyn said...

That's really cute! I've given you the Versatile Blogger Award. Come check it out!

:) Kaitlyn
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Jen R. @ The Teachers' Cauldron said...

yes, I'm doing a patterned match my beach theme...I just saw some on a blog that I am going to try and get her to buy for me and mail me! hahaha!! I can't find ANYTHING in my stores :(
I used to have it a solid color - but it was bumpy - LOVED it...but changing themes/color schemes...sooo....

Brittany Kielar said...

Thanks! I'm still trying to decide what color to paint it. . . I'm a visual person I like pictures to make sure in doing things right :) good mom watching your son play golf! That's a sport I haven't quite come to understand yet :)

Lol I was going stir crazy. . . I'm still trying to decide what color to paint the chair fabric hasn't even come to my mind yet. I should get in that. Are you doing a patterned fabric or solid color?

Glad I could help out! I had seen some fun colored plastic organizers but didn't know how they did it. I decided some pictures would be helpful! I'll be looking out for your cute plastic storage. Organizing containers make me happy and spray paint lets me match them!

I haven't had any problems with my laminator. If I'm using 3mil laminating sleeves I just make sure to press the 3mil heating button on my laminator. I hope you figure it out. They are awesome to have!

Thanks for stopping by. I can't wait to go and check out your new blog!

Brittany Kielar said...


LOL ~ I'm so glad you asked if I was talking to you. . . Blogger on my phone lets me reply to each comment but apparently it is not translating on my actual blog. I guess the whole reply button thing will never work for me know matter how hard I try :)

I was toying with the idea of patterned fabric to pull in my classroom theme but didn't know if it would be to busy. Ok good to know! I need to try and see if I can find some patterned fabric to go with my candy theme. You would think that in Florida you would be able to find some cute beach themed fabric.


Sara said...

Wow! This is great! I have seen many different versions of this, but I really like yours and how you explained everything...

I also have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award...Congrats! I'm your newest follower... :)

Ramblings of a Deaf Ed Teacher's Mind...

Liliris said...

I love how you spray painted your toolbox a new color. The only one I could find out here was gray and doesn't match my color scheme. Thanks for sharing!

Fourth Grade Garden

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

so weird....when i click on the link in the email notification, it DOES show the reply thingy...but when I come to the blog, it doesn' weird!!

But yes, you should do themed fabric...or at least pink :)

and yea- you'd THINK that I'd be able to find beach know..since I live in FL...on the

Patti said...

Brittany I am so excited..I opened my email and saw my gift certificate notification! I am so excited! Thanks so much!

Tales from a 4th (and 5th) Grade Teacher

Ms.Lee @ Calling Plays in 2nd Grade said...

Great work on your container. Where did you get them from? Great blog, I look forward to reading your future post. I’m your newest follower. Please check out my blog if you get a chance. Calling Plays in 2nd Grade.


Sunflakes said...

Thanks so much!!! I'm so excited to start spending!! :)

Miss Sara said...

oh how I love this project!!! looks amazing!
I want to love spray painting too! I need to try it! :)

Miss Elementary

Brittany Kielar said...

@Sara ~ thank you so much for the award! I'll be following the rules to follow up soon :)

@Liliris ~ Mine was grey to before I spray painted it avy blue :) And that grey didn't match any of my room

@Patti ~ I'm glad you are happy with it!

@Shanell ~ I;m your newest follower! I love your blog design. Soccer was my favorite sport :)

Thanks ladies for all the comments :)

Mrs. Wilson said...

What a GREAT idea! I never would have thought of using a toolbox to hold supplies! I love it! So glad I stumbled on your blog!
Mrs. Wilson's World

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