I am so thrilled to be able to share that Digital Guided Math for Distance Learning is here! We have met your requests for high-quality standards-aligned math that can bridge home and school. I can’t wait to break it all down for you here in this post. How is Digital Guided Math for Distance Learning […]

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]]>I am so thrilled to be able to share that Digital Guided Math for Distance Learning is here! We have met your requests for high-quality standards-aligned math that can bridge home and school. I can’t wait to break it all down for you here in this post.

Whether you are a traditional guided math teacher or you follow an adopted math curriculum, the Digital Guided Math for Distance Learning resource will be your GO-TO solution to bridge home and school learning. DGM is standards-based. Every e-lesson has been aligned to the CCSS and the Texas TEKS. This will make assigning home lessons, or teaching remotely a breeze! Another terrific tidbit about DGM is that it reinforces the learning happening in traditional guided math without duplicating it. All e-lessons reinforce the same concepts and skills but are totally different in their delivery and format. The lessons in DGM are Google Classroom and Seesaw ready.

This is an example (example is first grade) of how the planning maps are laid out for K,1, and 2. Each grade level has 9 topics with 8 e-lessons per topic. Each e-lesson has 5 parts to mimic the guided math structure. Students work through these e-lessons over 2-3 days. Each topic contains the planning map for all 9 units so you can mix and match to create the perfect order for your unique scope and sequence. Now let’s take a look inside an e-lesson!

Links to Digital Guided Math for Distance Learning:

Each e-lesson is created to mimic the components of a Guided Math classroom structure. We begin with our Teacher Talk guided lesson. This is written out for the teacher to deliver remotely, or for a caregiver (parent/guardian/adult) to do at home with the child. Within the teacher talk lesson, there are math talk words that help the caregiver or teacher explicitly teach the math vocabulary. This ensures that our students are using the correct language of math that they would in the classroom. Each underlined math talk word has a digital vocabulary card or visual included for caregiver to use with child. These are meant to be teaching tools to further the high-quality instruction. In addition, there are also math tools included in the teacher talk lesson so students have the ability to work with the materials at home or at school.

Next, students work through a practice activity where they are challenged to apply the learning from the teacher talk lesson in open-ended metacognitive activities and problem-solving. In short, these activities are highly engaging and mirror the small group lesson in a traditional classroom.

Following the practice activity, students have a digital game. I suggest assigning the game for the following day to allow students time to internalize understanding and apply learning in a new way with fresh eyes. Each game is always a self-checking application of the skill being taught in the e-lesson.

Once the game has been played, a checkpoint is done both in a digital format as well as printable. Therefore, this allows you to see how the student is processing and applying the learning in a more abstract format.

A checkpoint is a perfect way to formally evaluate student work. We also wanted to include a way for parent(s)/guardian(s) to measure how well their student is doing. Every e-lesson contains a math rubric for the caretaker or teacher to quickly and informally assess how the student did overall with the skill or concept. This rubric is a terrific way to remind parents of the standard and help to see their child as a mathematician on a journey of mastery.

Below in the example e-lesson plan, you can see this digital rubric in the bottom right corner. In the second grade lesson below, students are using materials supplied in the e-lesson to sort numbers by even and odd. Therefore, in the rubric parents would indicate the level of understanding they notice throughout the 5 stages of the e-lesson.

Links to Digitial Guided Math for Distance Learning:

Moreover, the graphic below is a breakdown of how the digital guided math for distance learning mimics the components of the guided math classroom. Whether used for remote learning, hybrid learning, or even the technology integration of in-school learning, these lessons follow the structure of the guided math block.

While creating digital guided math for distance learning, careful attention was given to each component. We’ve been around the block and have seen a lot of digital games and activities. Therefore, our focus was on creating a program that would not only help students at home but enhance their learning beyond the four walls of the traditional classroom. A team of educators with over 75 years of classroom experience worked together on each e-lesson to ensure the highest level of instruction and math gains.

For ease of use, I have linked the bundles to the three grade levels for DGM.

Recently, I shared my complete Math STACK system for guided math instruction. Read more about that HERE in this post.

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]]>Join us for a special ‘on-demand’ Guided Math Virtual Professional Development webinar that you can watch at home at your leisure! With the current restrictions on gathering in groups, we are providing a comprehensive virtual option for guided math professional development. Moreover, this 2-hour webinar provides powerful evidence-based practices on the components of Guided Math with […]

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]]>This post is meant to explain the resources included in the comprehensive Math STACK bundle for a year of Guided Math teaching. Before we begin, I want to offer more information on what a Math STACK math block looks like and what those components are. Below you can find different posts sharing more of the […]

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]]>This post is meant to explain the resources included in the comprehensive Math STACK bundle for a year of Guided Math teaching. Before we begin, I want to offer more information on what a Math STACK math block looks like and what those components are. Below you can find different posts sharing more of the information on the structure of this math block. It may benefit you to read about this structure *before* jumping into this post about the resources for Math STACK. Math STACK builds a well-rounded math block focusing on student needs and advancement through four math components. You can click the titles of the posts or images below to read more on the structure of Guided Math. If you have a great foundation already, then you can jump down to the explanation of the Math STACK resources!

STACK is an acronym management system for running the guided math workshop class model. Through the use of STACK, students are able to practice and apply math concepts in many modalities and formats using the foundation of mathematical practice standards. Most importantly, STACK gives structure to the Guided Math classroom providing both students and teacher an effective system for building a well-rounded math experience. Each letter in the word STACK is a component of the Guided Math workshop. This is explained in the posts above.

This comprehensive STACK bundle equips the teacher with all of the resources to run the Guided Math block! To more easily explain the resources included, I am going to break it into the different components of STACK. Under each category, I will show an example of the bundles included. Because this is offered across K-4, I will show a variety of K-4 resources. Each grade level will only have the specific resources to that grade level.

Fifth Grade coming soon–keep checking!

First, you will find resources to help set up the Guided Math Classroom and get you planned and launched! The items found in the setup portion of the Math STACK bundle are Guided Math Rules Posters, Voice-Level Posters, How to Launch Guided Math Guide, Standards Alignment Overview, and Workstations and Resources YouTube Video explanation and free labels. For each grade level, the corresponding items will be found.

The management of Guided Math depends on a strong, consistent backbone. While the nature of the workshop classroom entails student movement and choice, a system of how and when this happens is key! Depending on the range of maturity and development of the class, the teacher implements the system needed. Two resources to make this successful are the Math Timers and the Guided Math Teacher Binder.

The lesson begins at the math warm-up. This is a way to hit the previously taught concepts. Likely, you have priority standards for a certain amount of time and then no less than 20 other standards that you are supposed to magically review every day as well. **Hello impossible, my name is Reagan, nice to meet you**. In order to keep just some of my hair from falling out from stress, I have written easy math warm-ups for spiral reviewing. The purpose of a math warm-up is to remind students of the learning from previous lessons, weeks, and months to continue to solidify the information throughout the entire year. As students mature, we can deepen and widen the math and understanding of those same concepts throughout the entire year. Each grade level has their own set.

The next part of the STACK bundle is really the heart and soul. The Guided Math Bundle gives you the math mini-lesson and the teacher-led small group lesson for each standard and day of the school year. With this resource, you have a significant part of the math block handled.

Necessity helped me create these next few resources! As we embarked on our Guided Math workshop over the years, I found myself in need of anchoring the learning to visuals. Math vocabulary and strategies are the backbones of both mini-lessons and small group experiences. These resources continue to cement that learning for students through visual understanding.

In the GuidedMath structure, students and teacher work closely together during intensive small-group sessions. During this time, teacher learns how students problem solve, the strategies being used, and the accuracy of these things carried out. When students are away from teacher it is also important to know how they apply the learning. For this reason, the application station was born. Students do an independent practice activity in a station. This is a great way to take a grade on the learning and to monitor how students continue to work when teacher is not in close proximity.

Students work in a math journal to record thinking, keep a record of learning, and to solidify their understanding throughout the year. Simply called their math journal, it is a favorite student rotation.

Hands-on math is essential for students in grades K-5 (and beyond!) so the Kinesthetic station allows students to work through a station activity. Stations by Standard provide topic-based workstations for students throughout the year.

The closing of the lesson can be as simple as a prompt to help students share about a math experience of the day, but there are times we want this to be more significant. For that reason, I have exit tickets for each grade level. A quick half-sheet with a couple of questions takes a snapshot of the entire class as a culminating activity.

Keeping the home school connection couldn’t be easier than having a ready-to-go communication document for every unit of study in the guided math year! Each grade level has helpful handouts to send home in order to keep parents informed of the learning.

The Guided Math Bundle at the beginning of this post has pre-assessments, post-assessments, and cumulative assessments throughout the units, but you will also find this digital end of year review to prepare students for the cumulative end of year assessment! This brings everything to a nice tidy close.

The Math STACK bundles are very comprehensive as you can now see! However, if you find that you have tried and true resources that work well for your students, you can also choose these items (in your grade level) separately! Every bundle and resource is also available a la carte! Simply click the bundle of your grade level below and you will find all of the resources both bundled and individual.

Fifth Grade coming soon–keep checking!

If you would like to read how teachers feel about using Guided Math, I have a popular post on the Frequently Asked Questions about Guided Math. Included is a survey of over 400 teachers using Guided Math.

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]]>Summer Math and Literacy Workstations This post is all about Summer math and literacy workstations for kinder, first, and second grade. Having a well-rounded assortment of activities gives you the confidence that your standards are covered. The key is consistency with a heaping serving of novelty! These workstations are Summer-themed so you can pull students in with […]

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]]>This post is all about Summer math and literacy workstations for **kinder**, **first**, and **second** grade. Having a well-rounded assortment of activities gives you the confidence that your standards are covered. The key is consistency with a heaping serving of novelty! These workstations are Summer-themed so you can pull students in with the fun theme.

The goal of independent hands-on activities is to allow students to practice and apply what they already know. We all know that our students need repetitive practice to become confident and fluent with math and reading concepts, but sometimes we get caught in keeping students busy. These stations are purposeful and appropriate so you can rest assured. Students tackle more difficult concepts because they see it as less daunting.

Because each class is different, having a variety of different skills and activities to pull from makes life much easier. This post shows pictures from all three different grade levels of Summer math and literacy. Click the grade levels below and at the end of this post to read more about that specific grade level.

Some ways to add novelty to Summer centers are to use non-standard items for manipulatives. This encourages students to take the extra step to self-monitor. Another benefit of manipulatives is to keep students in concrete learning. Some favorite Summer manipulatives are seasonal mini-erasers like suns, fish, and flowers. I also like to use summer items like popsicle sticks, small shells, mini-marshmallows (camping theme), and bug manipulatives. Then I add a mixture of the colors of the season like rainbow tiles, bright snap cubes, and anything that goes along with the colors of the station activities!

For easy alignment, each grade level set of math and literacy workstations has TEKS and Common Core listed for each activity. There are a total of 24 workstations in each grade level, enough for the entire season of centers and bonus, they cover a variety of skills. The Summer set is one of four sets in the seasonal bundle (fall, winter, spring, and now summer).

You can find these workstations by grade level and season by clicking the grade levels below. The bundle of all four seasons will give you the biggest discount on scoring almost 100 amazing workstations for both math and ELA for the entire year.

For even more end of school year inspiration, try this post!

If you want more summer-themed math and literacy, our long-standing favorite is to have a math and literacy picnic! **Read it here!**

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]]>The way that I use third grade math centers fits into my MATH STACK math block schedule. I begin my math block with a math warm up. This is a quick spiral review activity. Next, we move into a math mini-lesson whole group which lasts anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes. Following that, we break into MATH STACK. […]

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]]>The way that I use third grade math centers fits into my **MATH STACK** math block schedule. I begin my math block with a math warm up. This is a quick spiral review activity. Next, we move into a math mini-lesson whole group which lasts anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes. Following that, we break into **MATH STACK**. One of the rotation choices is math centers. Students rotate to the math centers choice and do one activity per day while there. These activities come from Third Grade Math Centers Bundle as well as Third Grade Stations by Standard.

from third grade multiplication and division stations by standard

I began creating math centers to provide students the opportunity to practice, apply, and strategize independent concepts. Just because I was introducing place value in the whole group lesson did not mean that students were independent with it and ready to go do an activity without guidance in a math tub. Some students hadn’t even been to my small group yet and were heading to a math center to work on a hands-on activity. I strongly believe that our rotations are opportunities for our students to become fluent with previously learned concepts that take numerous chances to practice and apply. Remember the impossible number of spiral review standards we have for the month? This is how we meet that requirement!

from third grade place value stations by standard

The math manipulatives are from Hand2Mind.

The purpose of workstations is having students actively learning during the entire math block. Rather than being in a passive role, students actively engage in collaborative learning opportunities. We want to build a well-rounded math experience. Workstations should not be new information or skills. They should be a spiral-review of previously taught concepts.

from third grade stations by standard place value

The reason for this is to be sure students have had time to understand the learning before putting it out for them to do independently. Workstations allow students to practice and apply math skills in many formats. Not only does this strengthen their understanding, but it builds fluency and automaticity in math skills. When students have the opportunity to practice and apply concepts through the year and not just when they are first being taught, they gain confidence and comfortability. This is the goal of workstations. Put out a variety of skills and concepts that provide a spiraled review.

I could talk for an hour about center accountability and my experiences with it through the years as I used the guided math framework, but to keep it short and simple, I have included answer keys and recording sheets.

Keeping up with math centers prep can be an uphill battle, but having engaging standards-based centers for independent student rotations is worth its weight in ~~gold~~ jean passes. To help ease the prep, yet keep the excitement and engagement high, I like to prep my math centers in the summer or while on break and then have them ready for the school year. This makes it easy to grab and go when life moves too quickly.

from third grade math centers place value

To further explore the structure of guided math and workstation options I have this recent blog post.

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]]>Resources to Help We, as a teacher community, know there is so much going on in our lives and the lives of the students we care for. We want to make one little thing easier for you– high-quality teaching resources. So, Teachers pay Teachers is honoring the amazing teachers with a Site-wide Sale happening now (Monday) and Tuesday, […]

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We, as a teacher community, know there is so much going on in our lives and the lives of the students we care for. We want to make one little thing easier for you– high-quality teaching resources. So, Download them for free here.

It’s also the perfect time to snag these digital and printable resources, perfect for at-home learning.

- Math Puzzles available for grades K-5
- Math Skill Page Bundles available for grades K-5
- Digital End of Year Review available for grades K-4
- Digital Math Warm-Ups available for grades K-5
- Digital Literacy Warm-Ups available for grades K-2
- Brain Train Math Dominoes available for grades 1-2
- Rise and Shine Binder
- Sight Word and Fluency Phrases Booklets available in Fry’s and Dolch word lists
- Daily Language available for grades 1-2
- Daily Math available for grades 1-2

For teachers looking to take advantage of the sale to get ahead on prep and organizing of some year-long curriculum type products, these are the top selling year long bundles.

- Guided Math available for grades K-5
- Guided Math STACK Mega Bundles available for grades K-4
- The Lit Kit available for grades K-4
- Intervention Solution K-2
- Stations by Standard available for grades K-3
- Seasonal Math and Literacy Centers available for grades K-2

I have found that prepping new content has given me a peace and a purpose! With the extra time at home, it makes me feel as though I am keeping a sense of normal.

If you have trouble finding what you need, or you have a question about a product or its use, please reach out! I’m here to help.

Blessings,

Reagan Tunstall

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]]>This math intervention solution is a year-long Response to Intervention progress monitoring system for grade levels Pre-K to Second Grade. This tool provides a solution for students needing both support and enrichment. The Sets in the Series: You’ll find all the math standards from pre-k to second grade broken into the six categories below. Each […]

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]]>This math intervention solution is a year-long Response to Intervention progress monitoring system for grade levels Pre-K to Second Grade. This tool provides a solution for students needing both support and enrichment.

You’ll find all the math standards from pre-k to second grade broken into the six categories below. Each standard contains multiple lesson probes because students need to work on the same concept in many ways through many formats.

- Numeracy, Counting Skills, Cardinality
- Operations, Computations, and Algebraic Relationships
- Number and Operations in Base Ten
- Patterns, Skip Counting, Sorting, and Grouping
- Geometry
- Measurement and Data Analysis

This math intervention program allows teachers to effectively provide differentiated intervention for all levels of learners with progress monitoring built right in. Whether you have built-in time for intervention, or you want to allow students extra time and practice on concepts through many formats, this resource provides differentiated tools to support both teachers and students.

Each set of mats provides numerous learning outcomes and activities. Intervention Solution provides the targeted practice most curriculum programs are lacking! Make learning targeted, easy, and fun!

This Math Intervention Solution works alongside any math adoption or curriculum as well as on its own. Furthermore, it provides the lessons, activities, tracking, and support for those students working at a different pace or level. Simply pull up the alignment guide and next to the standard the student needs support with, you will find the lesson probes for targeted instruction. Because students need to explore each concept in many formats and modalities, each standard has multiple lesson probes in different levels of development.

Every lesson is differentiated with all levels of learners in mind from those who are struggling to those who need an extension. Below is an example lesson probe for adding within 100 in the Number and Operations in Base Ten set.

The standard alignment guides correlate the standard, the description of the skill, and the lesson probes that address those standards. The standards used are Early Childhood Outcomes and Pre-K Guidelines, Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), as well as Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

Intervention Solution is an instructional resource series that uses the **CRA** or **CPA**: **Concrete, Representational (Pictorial), and Abstract** theory of child development. Students move through developmental stages of learning from concrete hands-on experiences to visual or pictorial understanding, and ultimately to numbers and symbols, referred to as abstract.

Each Intervention Solution lesson has the **Concrete Pictorial Abstract **clearly marked. This is designed to help the teacher better instruct students at their current level and scaffold them to the next one. This classification of **CPA **allows the teacher to work with the child using the developmental stages of math understanding.

This resource is also tied to instructional research explaining that small group lessons allow students to have deeper conversations, risk-free exploration of concepts, and targeted and differentiated instruction. Through the use of this resource, students will experience authentic math discoveries within a small group of peers.

In the intervention setting, students build understanding while introducing multiple strategies and methods for solving. This exposure allows students to experience adaptive reasoning. Additionally, through these components, students receive differentiated instruction with the teacher, collaborate with peers to reason and reflect, and have an independent application of math concepts. These three ways of engagement allow students to flourish through many modalities.

Classrooms are filled with mixed abilities ranging from learning styles to academic readiness. Focused math instruction increases student learning for both struggling students as well as advanced. The activities in this resource are perfect for intervention, differentiation, and extension. Because the lessons follow the math strands rather than being grade-level specific, it is simple to fill in gaps or explore higher concepts with all learners.

- Program Research and Rationale
- Labels for Organization
- Standards Alignment
- Lesson Probes with 300+ pages of lessons and materials per unit
- Number Cards
- Academic Vocabulary Visual Cards
- Word Stems for Math Talk
- Progress Monitoring Tools
- Progress Monitoring Assessments
- Skills Assessments
- Performance Tracking

Lesson probes include skill focus, instructions, math talk vocabulary, extensions and standards, and variety of ranges plus any math mats and materials for the students to use.

Vocabulary cards are included to help provide a visual representation of the academic math talk being used in each lesson. In addition, each lesson lists the math vocabulary right above the lesson instruction allowing the teacher to grab and teach!

Part of the intervention instruction focuses on math talk and vocabulary. Academic word stems provide a visual aid for students. If you work with students learning English (ELLs) or work with those students who have processing and speech goals, these are essential.

Track and record progress through standards checklists and ready to go data and graph sheets prepared just for you to make this as simple as can be! Moreover, Each set has specific data tracking, along with standards checklists, assessments, and more to make progress monitoring as simple as possible.

If you are in need of a primary or supplemental math program the intervention solution is a wonderful addition. Also, I have Guided Math for grades K-5 which can be found in this

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]]>During this time, many find ourselves needing to send work home with or to students due to school and district closures. The work needs to be authentic, easily accessible, as well as on the students’ level. Offer something meaningful and appropriate to send home to our elementary-aged children with these ready-to-go, yet completely editable, homework […]

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]]>During this time, many find ourselves needing to send work home with or to students due to school and district closures. The work needs to be authentic, easily accessible, as well as on the students’ level. Offer something meaningful and appropriate to send home to our elementary-aged children with these ready-to-go, yet completely editable, homework calendars. These customizable monthly calendars can easily be run off in a time crunch. They can be put in a homework folder, binder, or spiral, or even emailed out to parents and/or students.

The purpose of these homework calendars is to provide ways for students to review skills learned at school while spending a lot of time at home the next few weeks. The activities are a mixture of both oral and written responses. They are designed to accommodate students with very little home support. The preview file will show a full calendar filled out. Each month comes filled with math, ELA, reading, writing, science, and social studies activities students can complete at home. Each text box is completely editable as well so you can customize it to your students’ needs.

There are no dates on the homework calendars. They are labeled Mon-Thurs.

There are 16 different activities per calendar (month).

Every calendar is FULL of different educational ideas. You do not need to edit these unless you want to! Everything is ready to print or email out.

This file also contains labels, cover pages, and titles for folders, spirals, and binders!

When thinking about sending work home during this time, we want to have students keep up and practice all areas of learning, I created categories for each day of the week. This ensures that students will evenly work on math, reading, writing, science, and social studies concepts. These are completely filled out for the year but are also editable so any activity can be changed or altered to fit your classroom.

**Monday Math**

**Tuesday Texts (Reading)**

**Wednesday Writing**

**Thursday Thoughtful/Thinking**

**Social Studies and Science/STEM**

Whether you prefer a binder, spiral, or folder, there are title pages and labels to make your life *a little* easier and to send something fresh and new that the student can work in while at home.

I prefer to use the plastic sleeve in a folder. It makes it easy to change out and keeps the calendar protected too! You can choose to add paper for responses or allow students to respond on their own paper at home. Some activities have a written response while others are verbal activities students can do easily with a family member, stuffed animal, or in the mirror!

Books can provide a wonderful avenue to home learning. Reading is so essential, we want to ensure it is given time at home. We also know that reading logs force reading and cause tears and angst for both parents and students. For this reason, I will leave this in your hands. Perhaps it is an optional incentive or perhaps it doesn’t happen in your classroom. Whatever your stance on it, I wanted to provide this for those who want it and live by it.

**Also Included:**

Labels for Folder, Spiral, or Binder

Cover pages for folder, spiral, or binder

Reading Log

Behavior Log

Writing Pages with varied writing lines

Editable Parent Letter

If you are looking for the editable monthly homework charts, you can find the links below. You can also click any picture in the post to pin to Pinterest or to go to the resource in my store.

**Editable Homework Boards**

To further support families, we want to also provide this free editable daily schedule. Families can use it to create a structure to the day at home with students. This is both an editable PowerPoint as well as available on google slides to share out to families.

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]]>Let’s consider for a minute the format we personally crave for instruction. Something, I imagine, we can all relate to: Your phone has an issue and isn’t working correctly, or you have never been able to figure out a function that you know you’d like to utilize on your phone. How would you like to […]

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]]>Let’s consider for a minute the format we personally crave for instruction. Something, I imagine, we can all relate to: Your phone has an issue and isn’t working correctly, or you have never been able to figure out a function that you know you’d like to utilize on your phone.

How would you like to get help with this? Attend a lecture about the functions of phones? Or head to a small setting with someone who can help you specifically on just what is wrong with your phone? Hello, Apple Store.

Even as we run to YouTube for a quick answer to a household problem or homework help with our own child, we find ourselves scrolling through the twelve-minute video to get to the instructional point that we actually need. In a classroom setting, we have the power to position the learning for impact. Sometimes we just need to restructure our time in order to do this.

When we teach only in the whole group, we miss impactful learning opportunities that would skyrocket growth and understanding. Yet we need whole group time to conceptualize and bring everyone to the same enduring understandings. Enter the mini-lesson.

Typically a mini-lesson has one of these three focuses: Conceptual understanding, procedural math, or strategic competence.

Think about how to position the learning for impact. Get in, teach explicitly, and then get out! Have students come to you for the specific part of the teaching they need in small groups.

Often teachers don’t feel like there’s enough time to incorporate small groups. If you have a 15-minute whole group followed up with 10-15 minute small group moments with your students, you will be surprised how many students you can see in a class period. The impact of those focused moments with you is far greater value for your learners than sitting through that whole group lesson that isn’t addressing the issue they have in the learning.

I also challenge you to have a consistent schedule in which students see you daily to every other day. Don’t let them choose to come for help only when struggling. Get to know their everyday math minds. Watch them work through the allotted problems on the current skills and elevate and expand on what you see. Not only will it impact student learning, but it will also impact how you teach to their exact needs!

Underlying consistency in close proximity “face time” with every student will pay off and make all of the difference. Just like ten minutes with an expert at the Apple Store regarding your exact problem solves the issue, while an hour lesson not targeted for your needs does not. Dare I say daily instruction that doesn’t hit the learning need actually creates a negative space where the learning should be.

When students say, “I am not good at math” could it actually be: My needs for math understanding have not been met and have snowballed into such a place that I don’t think I will ever truly understand and be confident in my problem-solving. Each day I sit through teaching that doesn’t fit this one issue or missing skill that would make all of the difference.

Be purposeful in addressing learning needs vs covering content. You are the content expert. Never let a resource drive the instruction. Let your students’ math needs drive the instruction as you using the resource to pull in the exact need. Could three problems from the entire lesson actually pinpoint the need? How can you make little changes to better meet student needs?

What changes can you make to position learning for impact?

Here are some related blog posts that may help you as you continue to position the learning for impact!

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]]>The Writing Tool Kit is a versatile resource designed specifically for the 3-5 classroom. What makes this tool kit so versatile is the way you can incorporate its components into your day! Whether you need teacher-directed mini-lessons, or independent student station activities, you’ll find what you need! Let’s Break It Down the Writing Tool Kit […]

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]]>The Writing Tool Kit is a versatile resource designed specifically for the 3-5 classroom. What makes this tool kit so versatile is the way you can incorporate its components into your day! Whether you need teacher-directed mini-lessons, or independent student station activities, you’ll find what you need!

First, students don’t improve in writing unless they have time to write! So to handle this, there are 30 writing prompts that you will display digitally or place on a ring in a station. Along with that, there’s a set of labels for a spiral, notebook, or my favorite, a composition book. This will provide a designated place students have to write their responses. Below you can see both a prompt projected on my computer screen, how it would be on a screen in the front of the classroom or on a tablet or laptop in a station.

Grammar activities can be fun and interactive! Use these as independent station activities, or teacher-directed lessons. Students interact with the materials to practice proper grammar. Plus the answer key makes checking for students or teacher EASY!

To teach and reinforce grammar concepts, there are 15 different note-taking entries sized for a composition book. These provide a record of learning which students can refer back to when working through the station activities independently.

Sometimes students struggle to self-start. We handle this by providing 24 topic cards with inspiring clipart, while also following those up with a word list which turns the idea into a solid plan for writing.

Because not every writing piece is an informal composition book type of writing piece, there are writing template pages included. Take your students through the writing process or lead them through a formal writing piece using any template you need!

Organize and assess with ease! These extensive, yet simple-to-use rubrics, will clarify and pinpoint grading writing. Simply check the boxes in each category to determine the level and determine the overall score.

If you need a writing station solution for K-2, I have just the resource! Head on over to read about the Writing Station Suitcase!

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