09072014, 10:12 AM


I found that I liked using a document camera to show the student book on the Smartboard. When I just showed the student ebook pages and used the pens on the Smartboard, I had to close the ink before I could move to the next page. When I use the document camera, I can show the page and use the exact manipulatives that the students are using. When I want to go on to the next page, I just quickly flip the paper over. It is easy to go back to a previous page and review the work.
The first year we adopted Go Math, we struggled with the pacing and barely made it through the book. If you do a lesson a day, you will cover the material. You will find that you need to supplement the chapters on addition and subtraction. They introduce so many different ways to add and subtract that it confuses the students. They need to spend more time on those concepts. I think there might be twelve lessons for addition and only 6 for subtraction. You definitely need to practice in order for students to become fluent in addition and subtraction to five.
I have an hour time slot for math. We do the whole group lesson and then I work with individual students or small groups, while the rest of the students do math stations. I also have my students keep a math journal. I type up math vocabulary words and problems and print them out on labels to make it easier. I just give them a label so I don't have to print out pages and the students cut/paste the pages in the journal.
Our lessons have four student book pages. In our training, the representative told us we could just do the first two pages and if the student correctly did the checked items, we could skip the third and fourth pages. We do them because the third page goes deeper and the fourth page is problem solving.
Does anyone use a guided math format with Go Math? I am interested in doing that this year. I'd love to hear how you are doing it.
