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  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Perfect Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Shell Education; 1 edition (April 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1425805345
  • ISBN-13: 978-1425805340
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Use a practical approach to teaching mathematics that integrates proven literacy strategies for effective instruction. This professional resource will help to maximize the impact of instruction through the use of whole-class instruction, small-group instruction, and Math Workshop. Incorporate ideas for using ongoing assessment to guide your instruction and increase student learning, and use hands-on, problem-solving experiences with small groups to encourage mathematical communication and discussion. 264pp.

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Laney Sammons is the author of Guided Math: A Framework for Mathematics Instruction and Math Stretches: Building Conceptual Understanding.

Her extensive work with children began as she directed Mercer University's Youth Services Program in 1980. In addition, she supported the needs of youth by serving on numerous board of community service organizations.

From 1989 to 2002, Laney taught kindergarten, second grade, and sixth grade in a language arts magnet school and a social studies magnet school where she was Teacher of the Year for her school and school system. She also served as Instructional Coach at Samuel E. Hubbard Elementary School in Forsyth, Georgia until her recent retirement. Currently, she is a mathematics consultant and continues to write.

During her years in the classroom, Laney developed the Guided Math instructional framework as a way of meeting the needs of all of her students--from the struggling learners to those who quickly mastered concepts and needed additional challenges. Because of the success of the Guided Math framework in her classroom, the entire Monroe County school system implemented it in their elementary schools. Laney has trained the entire staff at Hubbard Elementary School during the past year resulting in increases in math scores on the state tests, not only in the passage rate, but also in the percentage of students exceeding the standards.

Her book Guided Math: A Framework for Mathematics Instruction was published by Shell Education in April 2009 and introduced at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference in Washington, D. C. Math Stretches: Building Conceptual Understanding K-2, her second book, was published in April 2010. Laney has presented her ideas concerning mathematics instruction locally and at national conferences.

Laney and her husband split their time between Georgia and their home in Vermont.

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Awesome book for teaching Guided Math in Elementary classrooms!
tuckgt
Thus it's a good introduction, and would be an excellent book to share with teachers or administrators who aren't convinced math workshop teaching is the way to go.
Teri-K
Structured very clearly--can tackle by chapter when working with staff Gives real life, concrete examples.
Melanie McClure

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71 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Teri-K on December 16, 2010
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Guided Math is all about how to set up a Math Workshop. If you're wondering how to move away from teaching math in a large group to something more differentiated, this book is a great place to start. It's especially accessible to those of us who may be more comfortable teaching reading and writing than math. The author uses the same principles and strategies we teach there and applies them to math, so terminology, research, even many of the books referenced are already familiar.

Guided Reading argues that we should teach math with the same framework so popular for Reading and Writing Workshops. And why not? The structures are proven to work. Unlike in some language arts books, this book clearly lays out the different aspects of the math workshop, exactly which kinds of teaching are best done in each segment, and why. It includes a helpful chapter on creating a rich math classroom environment. There is also an extensive section of ideas for math warm-ups -- those independent, interactive ideas suited for the first few minutes of school.

Therein lies the seed of my complaint about this book. The real question for many of us is "What will my kids be doing while I'm teaching small groups?" The answer here is -- centers -- with the usual list of ideas including games, math journals, computers, and activity sheets. Yet, to me, what the students do independently is the heart of the program. There's no discussion here of how to be sure our kids aren't just doing 'busy work'. While reading and writing, (the independent activities kids do during those workshops), are automatically authentic and purposeful, math pages and games aren't.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Noralyn Johnson on August 19, 2010
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For those of us who guided reading came naturally and could not figure out how to do small groups in math, this book gives us the how, where and why.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A. Burt on September 17, 2010
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LOVE this book. It's been great to help me outline exactly what I spent a year of searching for. I've gotten many many ideas to use in my classes. Also? Not in techno-babble...very user friendly language!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Webb on July 29, 2011
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I teach first grade and have tried to use guided math groups in the past but could never quite get all of the pieces to fit together in order to "make it work". This book is full of great ideas and advice for incorporating small groups into any math program. The author gives organized, doable, steps that I can't wait to try for the next school year. She also incorporates research as a form of validation. She compares small math groups to the small reading groups that so many of us are familiar with, making the transition a bit easier.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lee K on June 29, 2012
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I was hoping for a thoughtful exploration of how to extend the principles of Guided Reading to math. The author references Fountas & Pinnell and argues that teachers should move away from whole-group and toward a more differentiated small-group structure during math instruction. However, she is pretty vague about the details. If you look at Guided Reading, the authors are very specific about not only what you should do but how you might do it. Here, the details are only superficially addressed: "Meet with small groups. Organize math games. Keep math journals. Do warm-up activities." This might be somewhat helpful if you are a brand new teacher; otherwise, save your money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Wood on August 10, 2012
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I purchased this book knowing that I wanted to make some big changes in my teaching of mathematics. This is especially important to me as I will be teaching a combination class this year (2 grades in one class at the same time). This book provides a systematic, simple and DETAILED way to implement what you probably already know about guided reading to teaching math. From how to group, the flexibility of those groups, the importance of conferring and making sure students are doing meaningful work during the est of the math workshop, Laney Sammons gives readers a great and practical overview of exactly how to implement this framework into the structure of their day. I know without a shadow of a doubt that my students will benefit this year because I read this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By teacher2teacher on August 7, 2012
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I was really excited to read this one. A few years back I did an Action Research Project on this instructional strategy and could find no professional books to support my endeavors. I feel like I've done some parts of the Guided Math Workshop for years without any guidance such that Ms. Sammons provides. While she offers many practical ideas, much of the text is more of the rationale for switching from a tradiional mathematics instructional approach to guided math. I wish she included more specific examples and classroom snapshots at a variety of levels for each component, as well as how to get all the components up and running. I also think it would be helpful to have some more specific examples of weekly, monthly, and long term management procedures. She leaves it very open so you can try to picture your own specific curriculum in her suggestions, but I had so many questions that weren't answered by the text I left feeling a bit disappointed. For example The Math Huddle is referred to often, but no actual example or possible script was given. It was hard for me to imagine how to get my second graders to take this on. I plan to join her Yahoo Group to learn more. guidedmath-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

That being said, I still recommend reading it to support your guided mathematics instructional practices. There is no other book that has been written that I have come across to help teachers develop and manage a Mathematics Workshop. I am now reading her Mathematics Comprehension and grade level specific Math Stretches which are also unique supports for Guided Math instruction. Thank you Ms. Sammons! Please keep writing!
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