Sunday, July 20, 2014

Guided Math Conferences Chapter 4: Types of GMC

This is my second Guided Math book study (two summers in a row) and I am L.O.V.I.N.G. them!  This year's book study is all about Guided Math Conferences.  I can't begin to tell you what an impact guided math groups had on my kids last year.  Now to be fair, it was my first year teaching math so I have nothing to compare it to but... 93% of my math kids made gains on "the big test."  That's huge!!!  And to be honest, I think the way I formed my math block had a lot to do with it.  So I knew when this book study came along to enhance my guided math groups, I had to jump on it!


Today's chapter is all about the different types of conferences!  Now, be fair warned: it is a long post but there might or might not be some goodies for you if you hang in there ;o).  The whole point of having conferences with your kiddos is that through these conversations you are helping build your student's confidence while also getting the information you need to help get them to the next step.  Here is the definition of each type of conference along with some of the things I thought were important from the chapter!

1. Compliment Conferences: teachers use these conferences to motivate young mathematicians or to lift the spirits of discouraged learners.
  • beneficial in the beginning of the year
  • focus your attention on what they are doing well to reinforce their strengths as mathematicians
  • build relationships, confidence, and trust
  • lift their spirits and increase engagement
  • we usually focus on what students are doing wrong in the problem and try to fix it - SWAP IT! Focus on what they are doing right!
  • motivate students to make mathematical connections and use previously mastered skills to help with current learning
2. Comprehension Conferences: the focus of these conferences is on assessing and then extending the degree of student comprehension of mathematical concepts.
  • can be used to verify learners' understanding of new or previously taught math concepts
  • serve as a formative assessment to shape upcoming instruction
  • lead students to think more deeply and critically about the math they are working on
3. Skill Conferences: the aim of these conferences is assessing and then extending the skills of students, including both process and computation skills.
  • similar to comprehension conferences but these check what the student can do, not what they are learning about (may overlap though)
  • used to assess prerequisite skills
  • good formative assessment
4. Problem-Solving Conferences: these conferences are used to explore the problem-solving strategies being applied by students and then to strengthen their toolbox of strategies, if needed.
  • Problem-Solving Process
    • Understanding the Problem
    • Devising a Plan
    • Carrying Out the Plan
    • Looking Back
  • Problem-Solving Strategies:
    • Guess, Check, Revise
    • Create an Organized List
    • Create a Table or a Chart
    • Draw a picture, use manipulatives, or act it out
    • Look for a Pattern
    • Simplify the Problem
    • Write an equation
    • Work backward
  • This website has "math stories" for most of the strategies to show kids examples on how to use each strategy!
5. Student Self-Assessment and Goal Setting Conferences: together, students and teachers review progress toward meeting learning targets and establish learning goals.
  • LOVED this quote!: "Students who set goals, make flexible plans to meet them, and monitor their progress tend to learn more and do better in school than students who do not."  This part always seems like such a time suckage but it really is SO important!  The kids actually understand what they are work towards and are now working smarter not harder.
  • encourage students to review and clarify learning goals, their progress, and set their "next steps"
  • students are essentially answering these three questions
    • "Where am I going?"
    • "Where am I now?"
    • "How can I close the gap?"
  • students set specific learning goals!  The goal should be difficult but achievable with effort.
    • identify the goal
    • include a plan of action
    • time frame (how long till they accomplish their goal)
    • evidence of accomplishment (how can they prove that they've accomplished their goal?)
6. Recheck Conferences: Teachers use these conferences when they want to see if students are using what they learned during earlier conferences.
  • follow-up on progress
  • can be through a variety of methods: observations, written assessments, etc.
  • an effective and comprehensive way of verifying students' mathematical progress
Whew!  You made it!  That really wasn't sooo bad, was it?  As I was reading this chapter I kept thinking to myself how I do some of this anyway, just maybe not in a formal conference setting (and it doesn't always have to be that way), but I also realized I need to make a point to do more of these conferences in general, especially the student self-assessments.

I loved how throughout the chapter the example teacher kept referring to their anchor chart of problem solving strategies to use.  Well I do not have one of those in my room (shame on me!) but I wanted every students to be able to access it quickly and have one of their own to take home as well.  So what does a teacher do when she can't find what she wants or needs... She creates it!  I have made my own Problem Solving Strategies Flip Chart to create with the students.


Inside you will find steps on how to solve a problem for that particular strategy and an example word problem along with space to solve!  Now I fair warn you, I teach intermediate and so the problems and wording might be a little more than your kiddos can handle.  That's okay though!!!  Want to know why???  Because I made it editable!  The steps and word problem areas are both editable for you to fit it with your own class.  Even if you teach intermediate, you might want them to write the steps themselves.  Go hog wild!?  All I ask is that if you do edit it in any way and/or post on it later, please give credit where credit is due.


You can win your own copy of this flip chart if you pin it and leave the pin address where I can find it in the comments section, along with a nice little note!  I love to read notes :o)  The giveaway will only last until tonight, July 20, 2014, at 10:00 PM EST (that's when I turn into a pumpkin and have to go to bed).  After that it will be for sale in my TPT store!  I will be picking multiple amounts of people to win!  I'm thinking 10... but let's see how many comments there are.  If there way more than I expect then I will pick even more winners!  Yea it'll be like Oprah, "You get a flip chart, you get a flip, you all get a flip chart!!!!!!"  Well maybe not all, but who knows!?  You'll have to wait and find out ;o)


Check out all the other fabulous blog posts about this chapter as well!  Happy Sunday y'all!

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28 comments:

  1. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/30047522488965634/

    I am always looking for ways to improve my math. I like the problem solving conferences because that is the area where I see my students struggle the most. I like the reference chart you have created because I think that for many of my students they just need a way to look back and remember ways to solve problems. Awesome post!

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    1. Katie,

      I just sent you our copy of the Problem Solving Strategies Flip Chart but it says that you are a no reply blogger. Please get in touch with me so I can send you your freebie!

      Thanks,
      Sabra

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    2. Hi Sabra,

      I am sorry! I thought I changed it awhile ago but I guess it never changed. My email is Katiebell173@gmail.com

      Thanks so much for this! I can't wait to use this in the classroom!

      Katie

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  2. I love Guided Math too! :) This flipbook would be an amazing asset to my class. Will you be putting it on tpt too? Awesome job!! :)
    Teachingtochangelives@gmail.com

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  3. Sabra this is an excellent resource. I can't wait to win so I can use it with my intervention groups. Thanks for sharing. Here's my link: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/240450067580185015/

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    1. I just sent you our copy of the Problem Solving Strategies Flip Chart but it says that you are a no reply blogger. Please get in touch with me so I can send you your freebie!

      Thanks,
      Sabra

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  4. I was so excited about this flip chart, I think I pinned it twice! This is totally awesome, and I would LOVE to win it. Thanks for the opportunity!
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/279786195575622675/
    Ursula

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    1. I just sent you our copy of the Problem Solving Strategies Flip Chart! I hope you enjoy!!!

      Sabra

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  5. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/165296248798817752/

    I am planning to do guided math for the first time with my 3rd graders this year. This would be a great resource. Love that you made it editable!

    sherie24@bellsouth.net

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  6. http://www.pinterest.com/bobkat27834/5th-grade-math/
    I loved reading your blog! I am teaching fifth grade math this year for the first time and your blog has motivated me and given me lots of great ideas! THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH :)

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  7. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/249035054369829782/
    This is a wonderful resource and I love that it's a flip book! I used guided math with my 3rd graders last year and I'm looking forward to it again this year.

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    1. Kellard,

      I just sent you our copy of the Problem Solving Strategies Flip Chart but it says that you are a no reply blogger. Please get in touch with me so I can send you your freebie!

      Thanks,
      Sabra

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  8. I love, love, love this idea! I've never liked how problem solving strategies are separated-one per chapter-in math textbooks. That means students get a disjointed academic and visual view of all the solutions together, and they don't even learn some of them until the end of the year. This flip chart is the perfect visual aid for a math notebook and I'm loving it so much! ;)

    -Kat
    Pin: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/40813940348357660/

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    1. Kat,

      I just sent you our copy of the Problem Solving Strategies Flip Chart but it says that you are a no reply blogger. Please get in touch with me so I can send you your freebie!

      Thanks,
      Sabra

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  9. I'm really excited to do guided math with my students this year! Problem solving is such a difficult thing for so many of my students to understand. I LOVE the flip chart that you made! I think it's great for the students to have something in their hands for them to use as a reference when they get stuck! Thanks for sharing your flip chart with us!! :)

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  10. Oops! Here's my pinterest link: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/256283035019994110/

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  11. I've been using guided math for the past couple years in my classroom. My kids really love it because they have a chance to play math games, and I love it because I get the chance to teach them all in small groups. I am LOVING the problem solving strategy printable! It's fantastic!! I totally put it on my wish list. Fingers crossed on the win! ;)

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/116952921548577404/

    Mandy
    Caffeine and Lesson Plans

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    1. I just sent you our copy of the Problem Solving Strategies Flip Chart! I hope you enjoy!!!

      Sabra

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  12. I am excited about trying guided math in my classroom this year! mrsruffin924@gmail.com

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  13. Oooh how did I miss that she came out with a GMC book?! I LOVED reading her Guided Math book before and now I am going to have to buy this one and find time to read it! :) The flipchart is amazing and exactly what my 4th graders will need since most of them are not independent learners coming up from 3rd grade.
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/197243658655137696/

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  14. I love this idea. Would be a great addition to our Interactive Math Notebooks. Thanks!
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/135671007499368378/
    Mlmkj81@gmail.com

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    1. I just sent you our copy of the Problem Solving Strategies Flip Chart! I hope you enjoy!!!

      Sabra

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    2. Thanks so much! I love it and can't wait to use with my students this year! :)

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  15. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/271693789995316195/
    I use these strategies on mini-posters in my room, but these are more interactive! I will definitely use this in their journals and allow them to fill them out.
    Thanks!!

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    1. Rachel,

      I just sent you our copy of the Problem Solving Strategies Flip Chart but it says that you are a no reply blogger. Please get in touch with me so I can send you your freebie!

      Thanks,
      Sabra

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  17. I hate that I'm just now seeing this for the giveaway purpose, but what a FANTASTIC post! I do many of these as well, but I see lots of room for improvement! I love the Compliment Conference! It's so true how we often focus on what students are doing wrong, especially in math!

    Rachel
    A Tall Drink of Water

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