Well we have come to the end of our little book study. I am sad! This has been such a blessing to me! I have been forced to really reflect on my reading (to SLOW down... I am a fast reader!) as well as get the insight from some great teachers. In case you did not get the comparison by now I hope you start to think of Math the same as Reading. "Students need to be encouraged to use the same strategies as they construct mathematical meaning." pg. 247 I hope that you are able to have a community of other teachers that are just as passionate to transform their math block. At the end of the day the point is our students.
I feel that I start the "process" last year and now I am going into this year with a clear system: Mini lesson then math group; mini lesson math group. I just finished reading Daily 5 the second edition and the outline they give for the Daily 5 structure will fit in with Guided Math also! I will be able to "know where I am going" this year after having completed a year in 2nd so I know that will help. I am going to go into each lesson with a specific lesson (know the answer to this question): What is the student expected to do?
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