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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Guided Math... an Update

Back in September, I wrote about how I'm including a math menu board as part of my guided math time.


I wanted to make a little video update to explain my set-up for guided math. If something isn't clear in the video and you want to know more, please feel free to ask a question! Thanks for watching!

Happy Teaching!



You can download an editable Publisher copy of my menu board and edit as needed:


20 comments:

  1. This is AWESOME! Thank you for taking the time to do this video!!! 💕💕💕

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  2. You're welcome!! Thanks so much for reading :)

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  3. That was excellent. I pretty much do everything as you do, except:
    I do spiral and my lesson whole-group takes about 15-20 mins
    I prefer to leave the enrichment open ended (no answer key) and
    I like the choice board to be on the second half of the time (45 min)
    You are so lucky to have another teacher come in.
    I really like the idea of officially designating the coaches as a choice on the board and the tags are really nice.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Do you have a template of your math menu? I would love to implement something like this next year in my 7th grade math class! Thanks!

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    1. Hi! I attached a downloadable version :) You will need Microsoft Publisher to edit. Thanks for reading!!

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  5. Great ideas!! Any pointers on implementing these ideas to a 45 minute period?

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    1. Hi Leah! So, here are my thoughts for a 45-minute period...

      1.) Do you have a flexible pacing guide, or are you teaching a new lesson each day? If you have some flexibility, maybe you could teach the lesson on one day, and then do small groups the next day? That would mean spending two periods on one lesson... not sure if your pacing guide allows for that!

      2.) If you are teaching a lesson per day, maybe you could make this schedule work:
      *Do-Now or Warm-Up activity (5 minutes)
      *Teach your math lesson to the whole class (15 minutes)
      *Guided Math Groups/Independent Practice (20 minutes)
      *Wrap-Up/Exit Ticket (5 minutes)
      This schedule would be tight, but I think it could be doable!

      Best of luck to you and thanks for reading!

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  6. I am a 2nd year middle school math teacher who will be on a block schedule this year. I am so excited I found your site.

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  7. This is great! I do have a question though. How come you choose to do the stations before your lesson instead of after?

    Tonya
    Tonya’s Treats for Teachers

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    1. I don't have publisher:( Is there another way to get your menu board?

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    2. Hi Tonya... So I do my small groups before my lesson because that's when the intervention comes. My block is 90 minutes long, but her schedule only allows for her to be there for the first 45 minutes. I'd rather do stations last, but first is all my schedule allows. Hope that helps!

      Unfortunately, Publisher is the only file that I have the menu board available in... I don't have Adobe Pro, so I can't make an editable PDF. If I get some time, I'll see if I can convert it to Word.

      Thanks so much for reading!!

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    3. Yes! That helps! I was curious on your reasoning for it:) Thanks SO much!

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  8. I would really like to view your menu board but am unable to without publisher. Do you have it in another format? I have 365 through work but it doesn't offer publisher. Let me know. I am very inspired by your site!

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  9. This is fantastic! I am teaching a 2nd/3rd grade combo class and a version of this would be such an effective use of time! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  10. Thank you for sharing! I am implementing stations/guided math this year for 6 & 7. I would also love a word formatted document because I don't have publisher.

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  11. Could you describe what a "Show Me" is?Sounds fun!

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    1. Hi! It's an interactive whiteboard app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/showme-interactive-whiteboard/id445066279?mt=8

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