Thursday, June 28, 2012

Guided Math ~ Chapter 4: Whole-Class

Well, I suppose I was just kidding when I said Chapter 3 was my favorite because now Chapter 4 might be.

And...when I said I could incorporate almost everything from Chapter 3 into my seems as though the same can be said about Chapter 4.

In fact, I told you I was already doing many of the ideas in Chapter 3 just not in the exact same way.  Yep, you guessed it.  I already do many of the ideas in Chapter 4 as well.

Again, my way of doing things would need a little tweaking or a little re-vamping, but I'm so excited to see that Guided Math is still a real, doable thing for me in my 7th Grade classroom!!!

So Chapter 4 was all about whole-class instruction and how it fits in with Guided Math.

Not if it fits, but how it fits.

You're thinking whole-class instruction is old-school and out-dated, so how can it be part of a newer classroom approach to teaching math?

As always, just because something is old doesn't mean it's bad or should be tossed out.  What needs to be tossed out is thinking that whole-class instruction is the only way to teach!

Sammons mentions several types of lessons or times of instruction where whole-class instruction is the way to go.

{from bulleted list on Page 106}

Challenges of whole-class instruction were mentioned and mainly focused on communication.  Students not talking to each other or the teacher enough.  The teacher not talking to individual students enough, and so on.

Teachers should use their own judgement and weigh the pros and cons when deciding what part of the lesson and for long whole-class instruction vs. individual, partner, or small-group instruction will take place.

There were a few pages focusing just on the mini-lesson.

{from bulleted list on Page 116}

Sammons then goes into detail about examples of activating strategies.  

I was very excited about the next section...Reading Math-Related Children's Literature!!  I may have possibly written a guest blog post about this and it may possibly be scheduled for this weekend.  Just saying...and I may just be really excited for you to possibly read it this weekend.  {Is that enough hints?}

In fact, I've been working on a new 'line' of products based on this concept.  So you can image how happy I was to read this section after so much work had gone into my post and my idea!

I'll give you a little clue of what might be to come here on my blog.  {I'm hoping to have several up before school starts back!}

In the end, I still feel like this is totally doable in my classroom and I get more and more excited with each chapter!

This chapter is being hosted by:

Sweet Seconds

You can check out both of their posts, link up with either or both, and find links to several other posts about this chapter, too!

Enjoy :)

Making It {and smiling},


  1. Hi! I am your newest follower...I do not teach math (I team teach with a partner teacher who does)...but this book sounds awesome. I am going to get a copy for my professional library. I sent the link to the book study to a few friends also. Feel free to hop on over and check out my blog too!


    1. Awesome, Patti...Thank You!!!

      This book is wonderful and 'm sure your teaching partner will enjoy it. Heading over to check out your blog now.

      I appreciate you stopping by and taking time to leave a comment! :)


  2. Love reading your posts and your joy as you read through the book!

    Jessica Stanford
    Mrs. Stanford's Class
    I could use your help! Check out my latest post ♥

    1. Thanks! I am loving it!

      I'm heading over to check out your blog now...


    2. Greetings Michelle,
      I so love your blog. I enjoy reading about strategies that are directed to the middle grades.
      I have also been following the Guided Math book study, even downloaded it on my Kindle Fire.
      I too am thrilled that whole group instruction is still a part of the over all structure.