Benefits of Guided Math

What are the Benefits of Guided Math Groups?
Benefits for Students  Benefits for Teachers:
Students receive targeted, standards-based, rigorous instruction Teachers get an opportunity to tailor instruction to the individual needs of their students
Students develop as confident, proficient, flexible mathematicians in a supportive, scaffolded environment Teachers get an opportunity to focus in on specific content, strategies and skill sets with small groups
Students have the opportunity to develop and use math strategies that allow them to become comfortable with different types of problems Teachers get to talk with individual students about math and hear their mathematical thinking
Students engage in comprehensible output (engaging in meaning-making conversations with students at their level- students need to engage in all types of conversations – some where they are hearing things where they have to reach to understand but also some conversations where they are right at their level) Teachers get to observe students as they do the math 
Students receive comprehensible input (in other words-the get to hear math that the understand at their developmental level)  
Students experience ongoing successful moments that contribute to their confidence levels for encountering new problems….(they build a repertoire of strategies for dealing with numbers)  
Adapted from: Fountas & Pinnell (1996) Guided Reading: Good First Teaching for All Children.

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Thank you for your research to back up this fantastic world of guided math groups! I am excited to begin guided math in my classroom this fall.

You are very welcome! I love this stuff. Please write and let me know how it goes and don’t hesitate to ask questions!

Happy Mathing,
Dr. Nicki

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