__Math Work Stations__and implemented math tubs in my classroom. The kids loved them and were always disappointed when we couldn't do them. This year I want to really implement guided math, so this summer's book study of

__Guided Math__by Laney Sammons is perfect! Head over to Primary Inspired for all the details!

**What worked this year:**

- Math stations: Because I didn't have a lot of math materials, these took some time to create, but it was so worth it!
- Organizing manipulatives: I put all of my manipulatives in labeled plastic boxes so they were easily accessible for lessons and for students to use during independent work.
- Calendar: I created a calendar routine for my Smart board. I tried to vary the activities a little bit each month and added a lot of number talk opportunities. If we ever missed calendar time, I heard about from the kids!
- Focus on numeracy: As primary teachers, we all know the importance of a print rich environment, but we've never really focused on numeracy. This year, I had a math wall and I displayed math anchor charts. It was a small step, but I wanted the kids to know we valued math as well as literacy.
- Math talk: Kids were regularly given a chance to explain their thinking to others. I need to do more, but it was a start!

**My goals:**

- More small group guided math.
- Utilize math journals: We used journal prompts regularly, but I want the kids to use the journals to record their thinking and learning during lessons and activities as well.
- Use individual math toolkits: I attended a workshop by Kim Sutton who advocates that the students build a supply of math tools to keep in their desks. I also want to use her number line.
- Authentic assessments and record keeping.

**How does/will guided math work in your classroom?**
Considering your "what worked last year" list, it looks like your well on your way toward Guided Math. One of my goals for next year is using math journals. I noted Sammons gave that as a suggestion for workshop. I do use individual math kits & they work really well. I think you'll like them.

ReplyDeleteThanks for linking up! (I'm also your newest follower, btw!)

Primary InspiredIt sounds like you had better success with math stations than I did. I look forward to reading more of your blog.

ReplyDeleteSue

theverybusykindergarten :)

I just posted some information about how I did math stations. www.stillteachingandlearning.blogspot.com/2012/06/math-work-stations

DeleteI'm no expert but maybe my experiences can help.

Carol

You've got a great start on a math-rich classroom!

ReplyDeleteI'll be interested to learn more about your math tubs and stations. I am a new follower.

ReplyDeleteTammy

First Grade @ Klinger Cafe

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I'm doing a couple of posts on my stations. Hope my experience can help!

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Thanks for following!

Carol

I like the idea of individual math tool kits. I am looking forward to reading your posts of how you incorporate and manage these!

ReplyDeleteI read Math Work Stations over Christmas break last year. I implemented it slowly, but I can't wait to try it from the beginning this year. I, like you, am intrigued by and ready to run with math journals this year. I enjoyed reading your post!

ReplyDeleteI haven't read this book before, and I am thinking I may now need to get it, so I can improve my math work stations for the upcoming school year. I have started this last year, but I will need to work on more small group instruction. I'm looking forward to learning more about it! I am a new follower too!

ReplyDeleteI enjoyed reading your thoughts on Chapter 1! I use math journals in my classroom, they are AMAZING! We have SO many conversations about what we do in them. I like how this book stresses how important it is to TALK about math. I am having so many ideas for future post right now! :)

ReplyDeleteCasey

Second Grade Math Maniac