Guided Math ~~ Book Study!

How can I meet the needs of ALL the children in my classroom? 

Does that sound like a familiar question? Your classroom is probably like mine: readiness levels run the gamut. A 'regular' math lesson completely flies over the heads of some, is redundant for others, and is 'just right for about a third of the kiddos. That really frustrates me. How can I deliver instruction that is effective for everyone of my little sweeties?

I've been quite pleased with the success of Guided Reading to support growth in reading. I can deliver instruction that's tailored to each child's readiness. I also like that with Guided Reading, I feel like I have a firm grasp on where each child is. That helps me know what supports I need to give each kiddo. If this format works so well for reading....why not Math??


Guided Math is an approach to math instruction that helps you meet the varied needs of students. At the end of the year, I 'dabbled' in Guided Math in my classroom with positive results. I saw increased engagement AND achievement. I'm planning to implement Guided Math fully next year (which for us starts on August 6th!).



Take a look at this video clip about Guided Math...

Several bloggy friends & I are going to be hosting a book study using the book 

We'll be hosting each chapter, sharing freebies to go along with each chapter, learning lots, sharing lots, and having fun! Want to read along with us? Click on the book to link over to Amazon to order your own copy. I'm hosting Chapter 1 right here starting on June 11th. 

Would you like to host a chapter? Shoot me an email! primaryinspired@gmail.com
We'd love to have more hosts! The more, the merrier!

And here's BIG news!
 I'm giving away a copy of the book!! 

Just leave a comment below telling us how long your math block is. Mine is an hour & 15 minutes.

I'll randomly choose a winner Friday, June 8th.
**Don't forget to leave your email address in your comment!!**





83 comments:

  1. I purchased this book last summer but got bogged down and didn't use it during the year. Looking forward to this study. Thanks.

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  2. This is something I have been tempted to implement, but am concerned about how it would work with Everyday Math. I am interested to know if anyone else in the book study uses Everyday Math and how they might tie it all together. My math block is usually 60 - 75 min. + a little math review in the morning.
    Storie
    atozscrapbook@gmail.com
    Stories by Storie

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    1. I actually use Everyday Math! I found that it worked very well. You know those Differentiation Activities in Part 3 of each lesson? Perfect for small group lessons in Guided Math. You'll find that Guided Math is supported by Math Workshop-- all of the EDM Games fit in the workshop portion perfectly. Go ahead & grab a book! I think you'll love Guided Math!

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    2. I just finished writing a post about this very topic and mentioned the book study in my post. Have you done guided math with second graders? How do you deal with the math boxes?
      Storie
      Stories by Storie

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    3. There are a couple of different ways you can address the maath boxes. They can be part of the Math Workshop portion, or part of their seatwork, for instance. Yes- I have 'dabbled' with it in 2nd grade (I loop 1 & 2). The beauty of Guided Math is that it's appropriate for ALL grades.
      You should host along with us, Storie! I looked for your email but couldn't find it. Shoot me an email: primaryinspired@gmail.com

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  3. My Math block this year was an hour. We used the Four Frames framework to teach math. Next year I am moving to a new school/district, so I don't know how long it'll it be, but I would love to try and implement Guided Math to make sure that everyone is getting the skills they need!

    bookskt19@yahoo.com

    Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

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  4. My math block is 60 minutes.

    Live Laugh and Love to Learn
    livelaughandlovetolearn@gmail.com

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  5. My math block is 90 minutes long. I am super excited to follow along in the book study posts as I am always looking to improve my math time. I would love a copy of the book!

    Amber
    amberappleamber@gmail.com

    AppleGirlAmber

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  6. My math block is 60 minutes. I'm excited for this book study!

    mgnreynolds@yahoo.com

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  7. This looks like a great book study!! My math block is 60 minutes!

    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  8. I would love to hear more about this book....my math block is 30 minutes 4 days a week and 45 minutes 1 day a week.

    Ali
    alischepis(at)gmail(dot)com
    An Education Lasts a Lifetime

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  9. My math block is 60-75 minutes 5 days a week. Can't wait for the book study:)

    Tammy
    The Resourceful Apple

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  10. I can't wait to read this book with you! I teach math for 60 minutes each day with two 30 minute math intervention blocks twice a week.
    Barrow's Hodgepodge

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  11. My math block is 60 minutes. I am in!
    jknapp6@gmail.com
    Your newest follower :)
    Tania
    My Second Sense

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  12. Wow this book looks great. My math time is split up between the morning and afternoon - roughly 30 minutes each.

    Jennifer
    jennkeys @ gmail . com

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  13. My math block is 1 hour and 30 minutes. This time also includes our calendar and math journals. I would love to join in this book study!

    Jayne
    mrsrhodesscholars.blogspot.com

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  14. My math block is 1 hour and 15 minutes long. I would love to join this book study.
    Rose
    rlong56@hotmail.com

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  15. I would love to learn more about guided math! My math block is an hour long this year.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Lisa
    lnguyen2002@hotmail.com

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  16. Sadly my math block was usually only 30 mins. I had to incorporate it into other areas.

    Cathy I.
    mrsirwinsclass@gmail.com
    Mrs. I's Class

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  17. My math block will be an hour next year. Right now I do math groups twice a week but I really want to amp it up next year!
    Rachel
    Rachel.lamb81@gmail.com

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  18. I have been wanting to read this book since last summer. I actually teach 7th grade math and we are going to a personalized learning model next school year. We are looking to run our math classes in a workshop format similar to readers/writers that is done in Lang Arts.

    I will be using a blended learning format where students will be online using Mathia software 40% and 60% will be in class with print materials. Students will be able to move at their own pace based on how quickly they move through the online component.

    I am thinking that guided math will really help to facilitate what we are attempting to do at the middle school level with our math instruction.

    My math classes will each be 60 min long next year and I will have two different Core Plus intervention groups that meet every other day for 45 min. I am super excited for what we are planning and I think this book will be the perfect resource. I am hoping this book study can also apply to me even though I teach middle school. What do you think?

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    1. This does sound perfect for you, Sherrie! The format definitely applies to students & teachers in ANY grade. In fact, we do have a couple middle school teacher bloggers who are hosting! Glad to have you on board! Good luck!

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    2. Thanks Brenda! I am really looking forward to this. :)

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  19. This coming fall will be my first year teaching in my own classroom. I have not determined how long my math block will be. However, I am teaching a 3rd/4th split and know that I will need to focus a lot on small groups. I already decided to incorporate guided math, but would love to learn more about how to do that effectively. I would love a copy of this book!

    Michelle
    griffinx4@gmail.com

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  20. I would love to implement this in my classroom! My math block is one hour long. Learning about Guided Math would definitely help me help my learns that are struggling and those learners that are ahead of the curve.

    Megan
    angeleclipse@gmail.com

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  21. My math block is an hour and thirty minutes. That includes calendar, short large group lesson and then math workstations. Would love to read this book for more ideas!

    renetowens@sbcglobal.net

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  22. Hi from Georgia!
    I have a 60 minute block for math. I am hoping that this brings the same joy my class has with Daily 5/CAFE to math. I have the book and started at the pool today (I only got through the into :-) ).

    kateykinney@comcast.net

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  23. Our Math block differs from day to day, either 1 hour, 50 minutes, or 1 hour 15 minutes. We have various things each day that we have to work around so each day is so different.

    Heidi
    My (Not So) Elementary Life
    mynotsoelementarylife@yahoo.com

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  24. Hi!

    My reading block is 60 minutes.

    Carol

    carolt1954@gmail.com

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  25. I would love to have this book! Our math time just got bumped from 45 minutes to 120 minutes during the school year. We are doing Common Core and thank goodness for blogs and the TPT store!!
    lraines78@gmail.com

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  26. My reading block is 60 minutes.
    Nicole
    nguldenstein@yahoo.com

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  27. I would love to have this book! My math block is 60 mminutes long.
    April
    apruitt@anderson2.k12.sc.us

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  28. My Math time is 90 long, plus we have an additional 20 minutes of Tier II instruction. It makes for a VERY long Math session. We are working on using small group instruction more so Guided Math sounds super! Can't wait for the book study.
    kinderpam@gmail.com

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  29. Hi, Brenda!
    I don't know how long the math block is at my new school, but I'll find out soon! I can't wait to start this book study! Thanks for offering it!
    bethsnively@yahoo.com

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  30. I'm so glad I found this Book Study (through TBA)! I will be teaching 3 sessions of math for 90 minutes each next year and had my principal buy this book for me already! It looks like I've had it over a year (and it's only been about 3 weeks) because I've been highlighting and writing all over it! I can't wait until you book study begins.

    I'm your newest follower.

    Elizabeth

    Fun in Room 4B

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  31. I am glad you are doing this book study! My math block is about 75 minutes! cstaylor616@gmail.com

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  32. This looks like a great book to read! I might have to go to Amazon and pick up a copy! My math block was 45 min- 1 hour. Depended on the day. Thanks for stopping by my blog, and following it!! I am a new follower of yours also!

    mrscrystalwagner@gmail.com
    Kindergarten Is A Jungle

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  33. I have been struggling as an educator to do guided math groups. I am interested in learning more on becoming a better guided math group teacher. Our math block is 90 minutes. Thanks for sharing! My email is kdaniels0729@hotmail.com!

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  34. My math block is 60 minutes.
    Jennifer
    loularkin@comcast.net

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  35. My math block is 50 minutes. Ahhh, I would LOVE this!! I'm sad to say I haven't even heard of this book! I'm really interested in learning more! :)

    Katie
    smileykate52@hotmail.com

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  36. My Math block is 50 minutes, but we often only get 40-45. I wish it was longer! I would love this book; I am interested in learning more about small groups in math.

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  37. My block is 30min, which is never enough!
    MsAmyMc{at}gmail.com

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  38. My math block is 90 min. This gives about a 30 minutes of whole group and 1 hour of centers/small group. Actually I could use more time!
    Barbara
    happyteachingfirst.blogspot.com
    meadowt@msn.com

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  39. I have this book on my wish list at Amazon. We are in need of a new math program and this would be so helpful. neesa@optonline.net

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  40. I am a 4th grade math teacher and will be teaching 90 minute math blocks next year. I am in the process of reorganizing how I teach and am considering the Daily 5 math approach. The guided math seems to fit nicely into this approach so I am looking forward to reading and being part of the book study!

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    1. Oops! My e-mail is gren_workman@tccsa.net

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  41. This is definitly something I am interested in for next year! I'm very excited to see this book study going on! I teach 3rd grade and we are required to have a one hour math block...however, most days are closer to an hour and a half. My email is carteam@tulsaschools.org

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  42. Mine is one hour long. I have dabbled in math groups but sure don't think I have it perfected!

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  43. Mine is 70 minutes. I really need to go get this book and participate!
    Heather
    Lagmom9906@yahoo.com
    Thirdgradesthecharm.blogspot.com

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  44. My math block is usally an hour each day. I am very interested in this book and approach. I will be teaching grade 2/3 next year - a guided approach might be perfect.

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  45. My math block is 60 minutes. My email is tperry0808@gmail.com.

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  46. My math block will be 30 minutes next year. I know that sounds crazy, but it is half-day kindergarten! This sounds like a great book for a book study!
    ~Meredith
    keenonkindergarten@gmail.com

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  47. Next year will be my first year in a Grade level classroom---2nd grade. I know we have to plan for a minimum 60 minutes but can have up to 80. I already read Math Work Stations and was contemplating on reading Guided Math this summer. Would love to win the book ;)

    henline.5@osu.edu

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  48. My math block is 60 to 90 minutes. In addition I have daily calendar and weekly math journals.

    I'm excited about this book study.

    Chris
    cryazzienj@yahoo.com

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  49. My math block is 60 minutes.

    mrsharris@mrsharrisclassroom.com

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  50. I'm so excited about this book study. My block for math is 60 minutes.

    imgoingfirst@gmail.com

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  51. I am a recent graduate! I am currently applying for a teaching position for this fall! I am looking forward to this book study. Guided Math was a huge component in the classroom where I student taught.
    cherylspiva@comcast.net

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  52. I am super pumped about this book study. My school is adopting a new math program this year so this could not have come at a better time. My math block is about an hour and twenty minutes long. Katiecoleman916@gmail.com

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  53. We have a 90 minute math block in the morning and then another 30 minutes of math centers in the afternoon. The breakup is suppose to make it easier on the kids but they dread the math centers and it is the most problematic time of my day.

    Misty
    Think, Wonder, & Teach

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  54. My Math time is 60 minutes.
    cathypark7@gmail.com

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  55. I am also excited about this study. My block is 60 minutes.
    Thanks!
    Tammy

    First Grade @ Klinger Cafe
    dtklinger@gmail.com

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  56. My math block is also 1 hour and 15 minutes!
    kwelnicke@hotmail.com

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  57. My math block is 60 minutes, but it is cut in half every day by specials! So I do 30 minutes before the special and 30 minutes after. :)

    marvelousmultiagers at gmail dot com

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  58. My math block is an hour and 15 min. as well. I can't wait to read this book!

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  59. My math block is about an hour and is first thing in the morning! I find the kids are sharper then. Plus I see us using our reading skills all day long so I have been trying to put more emphasis on our math skills. I would love to know more about this book!
    vjohara@gmail.com

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  60. I have 50 minute classes, in a learning center.

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  61. My math block is 60 minutes long. I'd love to delve into this book!


    Yearn to Learn Blog

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  62. My math time is only 45 minutes long and 15 of it calendar so really 30 minutes which is way short but I hope to be more efficient next year so my students make even more progress

    redmist100@gmail.com

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  63. My math block is 65 minutes. It was 80 this year, but we're going to a longer LAL block so math is getting cut a bit!



    Melissa

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  64. My math block is an hour long. I do my calendar math in the morning so that would be another 15 min.
    melanievictoria@yahoo.com

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  65. Our math instruction is 60 minutes with additional time for RTI students. I'm moving from 4/5 spc ed to 1st general ed. This book looks like exactly what I need

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  66. My math block is 90 minutes. We are using Everyday Math also. Would be very interested in trying guided math.

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  67. I hope I can squeak into this giveaway. Definately joining the group. I have a resource room for grades K-5 and this sounds like it might help me bring math instruction to a place where it can meet everyone's needs a little better.

    zputty@gmail.com

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  68. My math block is about 90 minutes and I can't teach it whole class due to the large number of children I have with IEP's. I would love to join in and try this out at my year round school, which starts in July. Could be great for my second graders!

    Heather at TeachItToday!

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  69. My math block is 60 minutes. I have been thinking about this very book and am eager to do a book study on it.
    Alyce at Mrs. Bartel’s School Family
    alyce.bartel@gmail.com

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  70. My math block is 60 minutes and next year we will have to do math stations. Our block will be broken down 20 minutes whole group and then 2 20 minute rotations. I think this study will be a good way to help me plan my rotations and how to work with my weaker kiddos.

    Haley
    lusigma04@gmail.com
    Following Optimism in 2nd Grade

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  71. My math block is 60 minutes some days and 90 minute others depending on the "specials" schedule.

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  72. My math block is 30 minutes.
    lifewithmrsl@gmail.com
    Life with Mrs. L

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  73. My official math block is an hour and 15 minutes, but I do a lot of math in the morning during our calendar time as well. I am really hoping to do more guided math this year so this book study is perfect! I have the book but really haven't read it all yet.
    Carol
    www.stillteachingandlearning.blogspot.com

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  74. I can not wait for this! Sounds like a great chance for me, a first year teacher, to learn from the online teaching community! Thanks for doing this!

    http://fromafirstyearteacher.blogspot.com/
    Meredith

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  75. My math time is 60 - 75 minutes, and I teach it twice a day. My book is on its way from Amazon; looking forward to the study.

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  76. In our building math instruction is 60 minutes + 20 minutes of extended math time at a different point during the day. I have conducted what I call "small group math" for a few years now but would LOVE to read this book and learn more about how to make each minute of math time (especially independent time) as effective as it can be!

    Polka Dots and Teaching Tots

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  77. I just found your blog and this book study. I am excited to see what Guided Math is all about. My math instruction is usually about 1 hour - 15min calendar, 15 mins mini lesson (new game), 30 mins math work stations (2 stations 15 mins each).

    Christin shiftingteacherk2@gmail.com
    www.shiftingteacherk-2.blogspot.com

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