Thursday, May 29, 2014

The One With Guided Math Book Study - Chapter 1

Like many other teachers out in blog world, I am currently reading Guided Math by Laney Sammons.

I started reading it this week in between my busy schedule of watching Orange is the New Black and Revolution, cleaning, grocery shopping, and making stuff for my classroom.  Oh! and Facebook stalking.  I noticed that on The Primary Gal Facebook page, she was doing a Guided Math book study with about 10 other bloggers.  Is this a sign?? I think so!

If you would like to follow along with the book study, click on the picture below.

I'm not part of the book study per se, but I'm jumping in anyway!

Chapter 1 of the book goes over mostly what you are to see throughout the rest of the book.  The author talks about how the way we all learned math was not helpful to make us lifelong mathematicians.  Many adults can't even mentally figure out the tip on a restaurant check.  That's pretty scary!

At the end of the chapter Laney Sammons asked the reader 2 important questions:

1) What aspects of it are successful?
   I think back about the year of teaching I just completed and see that there wasn't much that was successful.  The students were not engaged majority of the time and I spent so much time keeping them on task.  However, not all my years have been the same.  Some things in previous years that were successful were the ability to do hands-on activities with the entire class.  It saved me time and we were able to use the Promethean Board together.

2) What aspects of it trouble you? why?

   My district requires 90 minutes of math instructions.  Our curriculum was out of date (it was adopted in 2007) and just wasn't good.  I found it hard to keep the students engaged for a full 90 minutes.  Some students got it easily and others still needed the help.  I found it hard to keep the kids that got it to stick with me while I continued helping the ones that needed it.  Looking back I can clearly see that my teaching wasn't helping the entire class.  It hindered the highs and I couldn't always get to help the lows.  

If you are reading Guided Math, or are thinking about it, start at The Primary Gal's blog to get started in the book study.

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