Building Mathematical Comprehension - Chapter #10
Welcome to our last weekly chat about Building Mathematical Comprehension. This week we are all talking about how these strategies fit in to the Guided Math model - which if you read my posts often enough - you will know I love!
There are a few things you need to know about a Guided Math Classroom:
First of all you need to believe in these tenets: (pages 276-278)
- All children can learn mathematics.
- A numerecy-rish environment promotes math learning by students.
- Learning at its best is a social process.
- Learning mathematics is a constructive process.
- An organized classroom environment supports the learning process.
- Modeling and think-alouds, combined with ample opportunities for guided and independent problems cooling and purposeful conversations, create a learning environment in which students' mathematical understanding grows.
- Ultimately, children are responsible for their learning.
Secondly, you need to become familiar with the components of Guided Math:
- A classroom environment of numeracy
- Math stretches and calendar board activities
- Whole-class instruction
- Guided Math instruction with small groups of students
- Math workshop
- Individual conferences
- An ongoing system of assessment
Now that you have all of the pieces of Guided Math and you know how to use the comprehension strategies in math - all we need to do now is put it all together to help make meaning for our students!
Thanks for joining me on this journey - I would love to hear how you are implementing all of this in your room!