Why do Guided Math?
We do guided math so that we can reach all the learners in the classroom. We do guided math because we can differentiate instruction in many ways. We do guided math so we can engage our students and ourselves. It requires that we push our own thinking, to ensure that we throw a wide enough net to catch all the learners. We do guided math because how we learn is how we teach but we don’t always teach the way they learn. So, guided math makes us think about how our kids learn. It puts the focus on them. It should push us past our own comfort levels, and make us reach, reach until we get to the place where each and everyone of our students can learn. Guided math requires that we go off the beaten path, extend ourselves past page ninety-nine, past the base -ten blocks and all the other plastic manipulatives, all the way home. Wherever that might be for our students…where they make connections to the math in their everyday lives. That’s why we teach guided math:)