Welcome to the first post of Smashing Strategies for Guided Math, a monthly-link up between 9 teacher bloggers! Each of us will share a guided math strategies, tips and resources.
Once we have finished the worksheet as a group, we go through and read the completed subtraction problems as a group. This step has helped my students with fluency of reading the problems and with remembering the math facts. To be truly functional in subtraction, students need to know subtraction facts quickly. Watch the video below to see how we do it.
The next step is to give students an opportunity to practice what we did on their own. We stay in the group and each student is given a new worksheet that follows the same format & told to complete it. This is a great time for the para and I to assess if the students understood the lesson and can apply it. This format is perfect because it allows us to give the students immediate feedback and support.
Our students easily fall in to routines and can be inflexible. It is imperative that our students have access to correction and 1:1 support if they aren’t understanding, have something wrong or can’t apply the lesson. Having 3 students and 2 staff during this time allows us the ability to do the correction and give a high level of feedback. For us, this is also the perfect ratio for helping students move from 1:1 instruction to small group instruction.