Let’s chat about INDEPENDENT PRACTICE time during Guided Math Rotations today!
After my students meet with me at Teacher Feature for their small group lesson, they will rotate to the next round called Workbook Nook. This is the rotation where they work on an independent activity based on the lesson I just taught in small groups. Almost all of my activities that the students complete during Workbook Nook are Interactive Notebook activities My students LOVE doing Interactive Notebook activities because they are not just filling in a boring worksheet. They are active while they are working. They are cutting, gluing, coloring (great for fine motor skills) and thinking. They are completely engaged and they always say how much fun they have at Workbook Nook. At the end of my small group lesson, I give instructions on what they are expected to during Workbook Nook. I give them their activity, they go to the math manipulatives station to get the materials that they need and they can go anywhere in the room they would like to work.
The MAIN REASON that Guided Math runs so smoothly in my classroom is due to one major thing – CONSISTENCY! My independent activities are consistent so they always know what to expect and how to accomplish it. My small group work is CONSISTENT. They always know what to expect during a lesson because my expectations and lessons are CONSISTENT. I no longer have to review directions by mid-October because they understand and know what is expected and what they have to do because everything they do is CONSISTENT.
One question I get ALL THEM TIME is how do you correct all of their work! Take a look at the small picture on the bottom right above…do you see the notebooks all stacked up and open to the page they just did? That’s the answer! When my students finish their independent work, math station, or math journals, they stack them up in a pile opened to the page they just completed. It takes me less than ten minutes to check all of their work because each book is already opened to the page and they are stacked up. This saves me hours of time each week!
So..in a nutshell that is how I manage my students’ independent work during my Guided Math instruction! 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!
If you are interested in learning how to implement Guided Math using a Step-by-Step approach, I have created an online Professional Development Guided Math workshop called Guided Math that Works.
Guided Math that Works is an online Professional Development Workshop that I created for elementary teachers in Grades 1-5! This professional development workshop has been a true labor of love that took me a year to develop to ensure that I took all of my LESSONS LEARNED and mistakes that I made along the way and help YOU AVOID making the same mistakes that I made when I first implemented the Guided Math framework in my classroom and feel successful as soon as you put the guided math gears in motion!
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Here’s the lowdown on Guided Math that Works…
This Professional Development Workshop includes:
- 5 Learning Modules that contain 24 video-based lessons
- 5 hours of learning that can be used towards your professional development requirements
- PDF downloadable workbooks for each module
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Here is an overview of the modules:
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