Math Think Alouds: Do in guided Math Groups and Whole Group Lessons
Be sure to start your year off with Math Think Alouds! Actually, you should be doing them throughout the year. However, be sure to Kick Them Off immediately. During math think alouds, the teacher actually THINKS ALOUD!
You go through the whole process of “planning, organizing, analyzing and carrying out the solution. The teacher articulates questions, makes mistakes, traces and corrects mistakes, deals with incorrect approach, backtracks, evaluates her progress, and struggles to arrive at the correct solution (Bernardo, 1997).” By engaging in a math Think Alouds the teacher “demonstrates the complexity of the process” and emphasizes the idea that there are many approaches that can be taken.
This is different than just showing students how to solve a problem. This is upfronting the thinking process and making it visible for students! You should definitely do these in both small guided math groups and whole group mini-lessons.