Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Guided Math Chapter 2

Chapter 2 discussed creating a classroom environment of numeracy. I have always been jealous of language art classrooms. Shelves packed with books, cozy corners to read these books, centers to express yourself through writing or to relax while listening to an audio book. Don't get me wrong; I love teaching Math! But, it seemed difficult to create an environment that was as equally engaging as literacy. Now I see that it's not as difficult as I once thought.

A classroom of numeracy contains much more than workstations. First and foremost, the kids must be willing to take risks and know it is ok to make mistakes. 

I have this poster hanging in my room. When one student is not engaged in their activity because they don't understand, I hear another student reminding them of this poster. I LOVE IT!

Ok, back to creating our environment. My classroom arrangement allows for student independence by having designated work areas and labeled, organized manipulatives. Having 34 students in an average-sized classroom does not allow for a separate large- or small- group meeting area. I wish it did. I meet with my groups at empty student desks. Not an ideal area, but it works. 

Now we get into the heart of a numeracy-rich environment.
  • Student calendars or agendas - Our school provides agendas and I would be willing to incorporate this into my lesson. However, I have little experience with the use of math calendars. I wish this chapter would have given more details. Ideas would be appreciated. :)
  • Manipulatives - They are organized, labeled, and easily accessible.
  • Problems of the Day and Problems of the Week - I include a problem of the week in my Math Reading and Writing station. 
  • Word Wall and Vocabulary Displays - Elizabeth at Fun in 4B shared a resource created by another teacher and I am so thankful! Now I can display vocab in style. Ginger at Ginger Snaps has 4th grade Common Core vocab cards that I will be purchasing very soon.
  • Math Journals - I have been looking into Interactive Student Notebooks to use in Science and Social Studies. Might as well use them in Math as well. I believe, in conjunction with foldables, this will be an effective part of next year.
  • Graphic Organizers - Again, using foldables.
  • Class-Made Charts - This will be hard for me. I know charts should be made with the class, but I like to have them pre-made with math processes so the children have a reference during centers. As I mentioned in Chapter 1's thoughts, my lessons consist of a mini-lesson then straight to centers. Maybe someone can help me with my control issues. :)
  • Tools for Measuring - Have the tools but so guilty of only using them when that skill is taught. Have to correct this problem.
  • Math-Related Children's Literature - My Math Reading and Writing center address this component. I will have to tweak it this upcoming year. While it is great that I have math literature available, the fact remains that not all of my students are reading on-level. Playing with a few ideas on how to use my listening center for this purpose.
  • Math Books by Student Authors - Already addressed foldables. :)
I would love to hear your thoughts. 

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  1. Love your idea of adding foldables to student math journals. My students also have agendas the school furnishes. I'm also trying to think of how I can incorporate them into the calendar board.

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    1. Please let me know if you have any ideas on calendar math.
      Thanks for the follow. :)

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  2. Hi Patti:
    I'm glad I have found your blog--I am a new follower!

    Check in on Teaching in Room 6... Stephanie has some FABULOUS references to Calendar math!

    See you in Chapter 3!

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

    1. Thanks for the info, Kim. And the follow :-)

  3. Patti,
    I saw your comment on Brenda's blog about Guiding Readers and The Daily 5. My name is Beth and I am organizing the book study. Guiding Readers is a great resource to use in tandem with The Daily 5. D5 helps you get the students into the procedures and routines so that you can work with small groups for guided reading, and Guiding Readers helps you plan what you are going to work on during your small group lessons. Hope this helps.
    Thinking of Teaching

    1. Beth,
      Your response answered my question. This will be my first year teaching ELA, and I'm a bit nervous. I'm loving the Guided Math book study because it is helping me refine my previous teaching methods. So happy that I came across this one! Guess I better get to Amazon and buy those books. :)

      Thank you for your help!


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