Sunday, July 15, 2012

Guided Math Book Study Chapter 8

Thanks for stopping in!  I read this book last summer when I was trying to figure out how to get guided math up and running in my first grade classroom.  It was interesting to reread it again this summer. 

This chapter focuses on assessments. It talks about using assessments to drive your instruction.  This past year I spent much more time getting to know my students mathematically by having conversations with them.  I still used paper and pencil tests, but my interviews gave me a different glimpse at my students' mathematical understandings.

One area that I really focused on was helping my students learn their number combinations.  They each worked on a different number based on a hands-on assessment.   I had some students who were still struggling to learn the combinations to 5 and others who were already working with combinations of 15.   By using counters and talking with the students, I learned a lot more about their misconceptions and working strategies.  Children who I thought were doing well based on their written work, turned out to just be really fast counters!   I have attached the assessment our team used to this post, as well as the sheet I sent home to the parents letting them know what number their child was working on.

How do you think you will use assessments in your math class next year?  I would love to hear your ideas.


  1. Hello Suzanne. I find assessments that are single worksheets that only have about 10 problems over 1 skill. My students are given 10 minutes to take the assessment. Once graded, the results give me the data to group the class into the 4 Guided Math Groups and tells me if they need to practice the skill in that form or a harder one. Check out more ideas on my website I also detail how to use assessment to drive your instruction in new resource books available for each grade level on August 5: Balanced Guided Math: The First 20 Days of Guided Math for Second Grade. (one for each grade level). Your site has many good sound ideas for guided math. Great Job!

    Angela Bauer
    Bauer Educational Enterprises LLC
    Third Grade Teacher in Indiana

  2. Maths worksheets are very helpful for kids as they could practice with these worksheets as I think maths practice is good for kids.
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