Guided Math Best Practices
Guided Math Best Practices combine Guided Math with current Math Best Practice Ideas.
1. Meets individual needs.
2. Diversifies for special education needs.
3. Scaffolds average students to algebra and story problem connections.
4. Challenges high achieving students with algebra and story problem connections along with extension activities.
5. Promotes mathematical thinking using Mathematical Process Skills.
6. Utilizes engaging, concrete, hands-on activities that promote mathematical understanding of concepts.
7. Incorporates daily spiral review.
Angela Bauer uses these Guided Math best practices and trains teachers to use them in a guided math format. Her teacher professional development workshops detail how to use these best practices in math in any classroom. The following video was created by North Shore School District 112 in Highland Park, Illinois after Angela Bauer had trained their Kindergarten through 8th grade staff.
Guided Math incorporates best practices from Eric Jensen. His book called Brain-Based Learning details many aspects of best practices to use for optimal student growth. Page 331 summarizes a list of these ideas. Guided Math uses many of these ideas. Here are just a few!
- purposeful and consistent pre-exposure
- multiple exposure & activation for 1-3 days
- often rich with talking and activity
- emphasis on context, meaning & value
- learning is also action, movement
- search for questions
- immediate, dramatic feedback
- mobility, face each other, partners, groups
- limit the amount of material to practice
- limit the amount of time to practice
- determine the frequency of practice
- assess the accuracy of practice
In conclusion, Guided Math Best Practices are helping to transform teaching because the real results are these practices are transforming students into mathematicians!