Friday, July 25, 2014

Guided Math Conferences- Chapter 5 & Giveaway!

I have just three lovely weeks left of summer. I can’t believe how fast it went by! I have worked in my classroom a bit I have shared a few sneak peek pics on Instagram come find me @carmencita9c. Next week my team will meet and we will map out the first semester. I am so looking forward to that. I love to have a plan!

Speaking of plan…that is what Chapter 5 is ALL about. Having a plan for routines and procedures during Guided Math so that YOU CAN DO INDIVIDUAL CONFERENCES! For some teachers this comes very easy to them, for others this is more of a challenge. You gotta know where you stand so then you can make a plan for it.

Historically, mapping out routines was not an easy thing for me. Sometimes I would think, “Well they should already know that” and move on. Well that one thing that “they should already know” would always make a big difference and usually create a bit of chaos!
As the book states, “The first step is creating routines and procedures for independent student work is envision precisely what students should be doing.”

You have to think about so many things:
 How do students turn in work?
What do they do if they finish an activity early?
If they need help who do they go to?
What are the voice levels in the classroom?
Can they get up to sharpen a pencil?
Can they ask someone else for help?
Lions, tigers & bears…oh my!

There is SO many things to think about, but my advice is to take it step by step. Start with one of your guided math rotations and work on figuring out what that looks like, sounds likes, and feels like. I love using that terminology when I am thinking about routines and also when I discuss them with my students.

I start with this chart thinking through each rotation on my own. What do I want the students to be doing and reacting to situations that they come across?

From there I move on to create a CHAMPS poster for the rotation.

The procedures are not in their final stages yet!
As the author suggestions we “create and post an anchor chart showing what independent work should look and sound like” and feel like: 

We do this together for a couple of reasons! First of all the students will think of things you do not think of! Most importantly it creates BUY IN and OWNERSHIP! Students will remind others of the expectations (that is PRICELESS!) and they want to succeed at the expectations that the class set. If students do not think of important things, you can add them (that is why it is important for you to go through this process first!).

We now move on to step 2 & 3 “Introduce and model the routines and procedures with mini lessons and “Have students role-play working independently.”

 I can’t stress how important this is! At times it seems silly…I am really going to have my 5th graders practice this routine again…and again. What I found out the routines that we practiced more where the ones that we never had issues with, but the ones we didn’t practice as much we defiantly struggled with. It’s common sense of course, but we are SO pressed for time during the time, it’s hard to “give up that time!” I promise you though, if you do dedicate the time, you will REAP benefits for the rest of the school year!

The last step for teaching routines/procedures is “Have students practice and self-assess their behaviors.”

I always seem to do this very informally maybe just by a thumb up or thumb down. I am thinking about doing more of a rubric this year, to make it more serious for the students. I am hoping to share that with you on Monday! 

The very last step I take is we go back to our anchor chart and finalize it. I will then type it up in the CHAMPS terminology and post it. We will refer it throughout the entire year! I then move on to another rotation and we go through this process again!

There are SO many other details to discuss in this chapter! I will be back on Monday with more! 

Please check out Melissa’s post from Dilly Dabbles who is also hosting Chapter Five! 

I want to leave you with a COOL Give-Away!

One of my favorite bloggers and TPT creators is Melissa from Inspire Me ASAP!

I honestly own every single thing in her store! Not only to own everything, I use EVERYTHING. Many of her products I use every day!

Melissa has generously offered to giveaway her Guided Math 101 Product to one reader from my blog and one reader from her blog! SO you have TWO CHANCES TO WIN! 

Please comment below your best tip for teaching routines/procedures. Make sure you include your email address. Check out Melissa’s blog for another chance to win! I will draw a winner next Friday!
 Make sure to check out the other bloggers who are writing about this awesome chapter!


  1. My best tip for teaching routines & procedures is to practice, practice, practice. Use the students to show the correct and incorrect ways.

  2. As chief 9937 mentioned, practicing both correct and incorrect ways. I would also add extensive use of anchor charts with procedures listed. Some kids might need their own mini chart to remind themselves.

  3. I practice, practice, practice routines and procedures.

  4. My best tip is to be consistent so the children learn how and what is expected of them. This starts on the very first day of school in my classroom and with a lot of practice and plenty of positive reinforcing!

    1. HI Lori! YOU WON! Yahooo! Yahoo! Melissa, will be sending you your prize in the next few days! Thanks so much! Good luck with back to school!

      Blessings, Carmen

    2. Thank you so much! I just received her unit and this will really help me to get more than my feet wet! Have a great school year!

  5. I agree with the others....PRACTICE, PRACTICE, and PRACTICE SOME MORE! At the beginning of the year I spend so much time practice routines but its so worth it come Christmas time!

  6. My tips are to spend LOTS of time modeling, model both correct and incorrect behavior, and spend days before an activity practicing.

  7. My tip is to teach each rule and procedure from day one. I spend the first few weeks teaching, reviewing, and practicing the right and wrong way to do each one.

  8. I like to model procedures...or act out the right and wrong way. It is always much more fun when the kids also act out the behavior! They LOVE to do this! So many laughs. They really seem to understand the expectations with actually DOING it both correctly and incorrectly. Love this post!
    Thanks for all the awesome tips Carmen! :)
    Just in case.... :)

    1. Such a great tip Sonia! :) I loved doing that with my Kinder students! They thought it was SO FUNNY!