Guided Math: Whole Group Lessons

Hey there friends… Here is the fourth installment of my Get Your Groove On with Guided Math Blog series!  I hope you find this post helpful!

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There are basically 9 main components of Guided Math. If you would like to get Guided Math up and running in your classroom, you will need to focus on these components:


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Today we will talk about Whole Group Lessons!


Remember I told you that I used to cringe when I had to teach math? Well, that’s because I was teaching math ONLY through whole group instruction! That was the problem. There was no true differentiation because I was teaching whole group. When I am first introducing a new unit of study I will do a whole group lesson and read a mentor-text that aligns to the unit. We also make an anchor chart to start the unit and add to it as we progress through the unit. The only other time I use whole group instruction is when we are playing a scoot game or partner games. Sometimes we do a Wrap-It-Up session where we meet on the carpet after our rotations are over and we share a strategy we used during Math Stations or during independent work time. I also ask a few students to sum up what we learned during our small group instruction time. However, there are many teachers that do a whole group mini-lesson or a whole group warm-up lesson before jumping into guided math rotations.

It’s important to make Guided Math work for you and for your students. Be creative and do what you feel is necessary to help meet the needs of all of your students. a nutshell that is how I use whole group instruction during Guided Math! If you want to head back

to my main post to read the rest of the installments on Get Your Groove On with Guided Math, click here to head

on back to my main post to read about the next component of Guided Math!

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  • Beth Wilburn
    March 19, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Thanks for sharing! When I first started teaching second grade I also only did whole group lessons. I agree…it was dreadful! I love teaching math now as I have differentiated groups too. I love to hear how other people structure their instructional time. It helps keep me thinking and reflecting. Thanks again for your great posts and sharing!

  • Claudia
    April 8, 2017 at 4:02 am

    It looks like you’ve got this figured out! I might be teaching second grade next year, so I thought I would check out Pinterest for ideas. I also LOVE that your name is Anna. My sister’s name is Anna.

    • Claudia
      April 8, 2017 at 4:03 am

      I forgot to mention how great your ideas and organization is.