This is my final week of my Guided Math Workshop Blog Series (unless someone requests something specifically about it)! In case you missed last week’s post about Guided Math Instruction, you can click here to read it!
So now it’s time for some of the more tough questions… grades, assessments, conferring! Oh yeah!
Really, in math it’s not as tough as it may seem. When I have my students meet with me during guided math/small group, I will often make notes of what I am seeing as they work. For instance, I may notice that a student is having trouble remembering to carry numbers or needs a quick refresher on fractions. I also write down a quick note of what I did with the students that day. For instance, if I reviewed basic fractions and they grasped it quickly, I may make a note that we went ahead and started working on equivalent fractions. These notes help me decide my next plan when working with them in small groups. I will also place any notes from my sticky notes when I moved around during the mini-lesson on this sheet. I have included the sheet I use for my observations below. You can download it free if you would like to use it. It’s nothing fancy; just basic. It gets the job done!
In addition to my observations, I decide my math groups based on how they do on pretests (I love pretests! Such a wealth of information. However, the hardest part for me is to get it in before I start the unit. Sometimes I’m scrambling to check them over after I started the unit… it’s that procrastinating side of me!). I also will periodically use a quick check (or a slip with just a few questions related to the lesson) for my closing similar to a ticket out the door. This will also help me see if some students still need to be pulled for review or one-on-one assistance. I have also analyzed math journals as I have found that students that can’t always explain what they did or how they arrived at the answer need some extra reinforcement.
So that’s it. There really isn’t much to assessments and conferring. I would love to hear how you do things in your classroom for math workshop! I’d also love to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to comment below and I’ll gladly answer them the best I can. Finally, if there is anything special you’d like to see me post about with math workshop, let me know!