**Have you heard the BIG NEWS?!**

Laney Sammons, author of Guided Math,

will be participating in a Q & A session with us!

So far, these questions are going to be addressed:

- 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)?
- How do you recommend dealing with student absences, particularly those who are already struggling?
- How do you incorporate the math curriculum the school uses and the Guided Math concept ? 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 from the curriculum each day.
- What resources do you recommend for finding the "just right" materials for math workshop activities? Do you have a favorite?

**What other questions do you have?**

**Make sure you leave it down in the comments so I can pass it on to Laney.**

Chapter 6 is all about supporting Guided Math with Math Workshop.

Mechele (Barrow's Hodgepodge) & Amanda (Reaching for the Top) did a fabulous job covering Chapter 6. If you haven't stopped by there yet...make sure you do that!

A couple of my reflections on this chapter:

**Do I use only the BEST tasks for workstations?**Laney lists these:- review of previously mastered concepts CHECK!
- practice for math fact automaticity CHECK!
- mathematical games to reinforce concepts CHECK!
- practice problem solving
*not so much* - investigate mathematical concepts CHECK!
- write in Math Journals
*not yet* - computer-related work CHECK!
- math-related work from other subject areas
*nope* - work from small-group instruction CHECK!

**Start out small-group by having the children practice math facts.**This is just brilliant! So simple...but brilliant! While the kiddos are practicing their math facts, you have time to check in with other kiddos & put out little fires (fires? there are fires? There are always little issues that come up). Having the small group engaged with practice is just a nice way to transition. SO going to do that next year!

**What questions would YOU like to ask Laney?**

**Add them in the comments!**