Guided Math: Chapter 7

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Chapter 7

Hi everyone and welcome back to our book study on Laney Sammon’s Guided Math: A Framework for Mathematics.

Chapter 7 is all about conferring with students during guided math.
According to Laney Sammons, “Conferring is the heart and soul of teaching.” As teachers, we are constantly conferring with students, even though I am guilty of not always recording the conference.

Chapter 7a

In what ways are you able to discover your students’ mathematical thinking.

One way I discover my students’ mathematical thinking is through partner work. I listen in to partner work and look at their work. I also have my students complete math investigations or exlemplars. This gives me great insight into how my students work. I can see any misconceptions they have, or the strategies they use to solve the problem.
I can also get to know my kids’ mathematical thinking by conferring with them. I get to spend a little more time with the students when I confer with them.

Chapter 7b
It is very difficult to confer with individual students. When we confer with individual students, we aren’t able to monitor the other students during guided math workshop. I am guilty of conferring with the individual students. Sometimes I feel like I have to. We all have those students that constantly need our attention, coaching, or modeling. It is a hard habit to break!!

Every year, my math workshop works differently. Last year, it did not go as smooth as I wanted it to. I would say things like,”They are not independent.” or “My class is very immature.” Thinking back, I’m beginning to realize that a lot of it was my fault.
So next year, when I set up my math workshop I am going to spend a lot more time on structure and rules. I think that might have been part of my problem this year. I need to remember to implement the math partner so that the students always have someone else they can ask or work with. I am also going to make sure that my kids know or have a list of activities they can do on their own if they are having trouble with something.

I found it difficult to meet with all of the groups that I had preplanned. I try to meet with at least two preplanned groups each day, plus a group that I notice needs help on the same skill or strategy. Often times, I was only able to meet with one group. The kids were always coming up to me and interrupting. No matter how many times I ignored the students or told them I could not answer them now, it didn’t seem to work.

I just read a blog post that gave me such a great idea. I am so sorry that I don’t remember who is was. I searched my fb feed but couldn’t find it! If you what blog it was or read the blog and can help me, leave it in the comments so I can give proper credit.
The idea: Use one of the lights you get from the Dollar Tree. Put the light on when you are conferring. Then the students know that they can not go to you. Brilliant!

Recording and using conference notes are very important.
Notes can help teachers:
-Plan for future conferences.
-Recognize the strengths of their students.
-Discover future teaching options.
-Broaden the scope of conferences.
-Follow-up on conference teaching points.

I used to be really good at recording all of my conferences. I don’t know what happened to me. I know how important it is, but lately I find that I just don’t have the time.
This is another goal I have for next year. I really need to get back into the swing of recording my conferences.

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