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Guided Math- BIG NEWS!! & Monday Made It

I am SO excited!!

I have BIG, BIG news about the Guided Math Book Study!!

Laney Sammons, author of Guided Math will be participating in a Q & A session with us!!
What questions would you like to ask her? 
Here's your chance!
I'm collecting questions....just leave them in the comments.  

All that I am learning in Guided Math is really guiding my thinking when it comes to planning out my schedule next year. I'm SO excited! If you haven't been reading along with us, you really need to click on the button which will take you to the starting place where you can hop from chapter to chapter. It's not too late to start!!

So-- here's what I'm thinking about my schedule for math next year......
my day is a little broken up with recess/lunch, but that's okay. The components of guided math can be spaced out across the day. I also have a rather short day compared to others: we start at 8:15 (but have 5 minutes of announcements) & the kids are dismissed at, we have a 45 minute recess/lunch block & 45 minutes of specials each day. Whew! When you do the math, that only gives us  4 & a half hours for instruction! Here's what is floating around in my mind.....

*Note- EDM= Everyday Math
So...what do you think? See any red flags? Let me know!


I also have some goodies for Monday Made It!

For School

I made a new cover & dividers for my teacher binder. They match my labels, & I love the colors. They make me happy just looking at them. I put them in my TpT store as a FREEBIE, too! Just click to grab your own set.

For Home
This is simple, but pinterest-inspired. I've been needing some new end tables, but haven't really found any that I really liked. After seeing all the upcycles on Pinterest, I thought why not check out Goodwill & see what's there...maybe I could upcycle something. One my first trip, BINGO! I found this unique little table. Had some scuff marks, and looked pretty rough, but maybe it was a diamond in the rough.
Here's the before pic.

Here it is again after a little sanding & painting...

Do you have a question (or more) that you'd like to ask Laney Sammons?
Don't forget to leave your question(s) in the comments!
I'm so excited that we have this opportunity to do Q & As with her!!


  1. Love your dividers!! They are awesome and I love a table redo!!! It turned out so nice:)) Thanks for linking up:) I have tons of questions for the Guided Math....I just have to sit down and focus and decide what to ask....I'm still trying to catch up with my reading to you guys because I got my book late:/

    4th Grade Frolics

  2. Guided Math Question:
    What ideas do you have when independent practice students have not finished their expected work (this is when all students are changing to the next math rotation, teacher starts with a new Math group)?

  3. Great job!

    I Love My Classroom

  4. I love your blog and for getting this book study organized! It is really helping me spend my summer reflection on my math instruction! I want to award you the Versatile Blogger Award!

    Stop by to grab it!!


  5. Your binder covers look great. I just finished putting all of my covers and spines in last week, but mine look so plain compared to yours! I like the question about incomplete independent work.

    How does the author recommend dealing with student absences, particularly those who are already struggling? We use E.M. and the lessons change so quickly from day to day. How do you get those students caught up within the framework of the math block?

    Thanks, Brenda!
    Stories by Storie

  6. Love the binder dividers and will be snagging them, thank you! The table redo looks great also! All that and you have the two book studies going on and posted on time... YOU'RE AMAZING!

    Thanks again,

    Teaching with a Touch of Twang

  7. I would love to know how she (Laney Sammons) would incorporate the math curriculum the school uses and the Guided Math concept. I love Guided Math and want to make it work in my classroom. I struggle trying to figure out how to make all the components work from Guided Math and still have students complete the required math pages each day. I know it can but I could use some ideas!

    Sweet Seconds

  8. I love your Goodwill makeover! I went yesterday and found a computer desk that I really needed for my classroom for $10!

  9. I love all your ideas!! You did an awesome job on the table!!!

  10. That table looks fantastic! I also like your dividers. I'm so glad to hear that Laney Sammons will be answering questions in a Q&A :)

    Question-What resources do you recommend for finding the "just right" materials for math workshop activities? Do you have a favorite?

    Fun in Room 4B