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Old 11-24-2019, 05:41 PM
 
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Hi,
Does anyone do guided math with their kindergarten students? I want to try to individualize my math instruction the same that I would for reading. Just wondering if anyone does a math station rotation or something similar...
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I thought you might be interested in reading this web page:
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This last thread did help me. I am still trying to figure it all out.

My biggest struggle is finding games kids can play independently. I have plenty of games, it is training the kids!

One of my teammates is using computer time and ipad time when kids are not with the teacher. I just hate giving kids that much screen time. I really want them playing games!

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One is technology.

One is hands on, like doing puzzles or pattern blocks- something they can do independently.

And one is a partner game such as Top It (War.)

I pull from the centers so I can monitor when needed. Then they go back to their center. One center each day, the center rotates by the day. My higher kids get higher level centers.
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I used to. With our new curriculum (Bridges) it's not really possible, although we do have a time where they are all playing games so I will usually sit and play with some of the kids to reinforce concepts or challenge them.



I posted on the other thread about my favorite math schedule I used a few years ago - calendar, math game, whole group lesson, small group rotations (just one per day). It was a great flow and I felt like it was really effective and the kids were engaged the whole time.



I do think that a lot of kindergarten math can easily be adapted in the whole group to all levels. So much of what we do is teaching them good math practices - problem solving, explaining their thinking, etc. - and you can hit on all sorts of levels with good questioning and building on a concept within the lesson.


I was just reading an interesting article on teaching in small groups. I'll try to find it. Basically it was saying that kids get a lot less instruction when you teach in small groups and it's doing more harm than good. I didn't necessarily agree with all of it but it made me think.


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That sounds like an interesting article about reading groups. If you find it, I would love to read it!
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https://www.shanahanonliteracy.com/b...8GO55t03qkZbrw


https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2...P72UIO3fUhjy3U
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Sbkangas5, Thanks for the links to the articles. They had some interesting points about when small groups are effective and when they aren't. However, I think Kindergarten has a whole different set of considerations. Some of the kids don't attend well during large group lessons and we can miss whether they are really tuned in and understand what we are teaching. In a small group, those kids get more individual cues and attention from the teacher and in the long run will learn more than in a whole group.
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I just got transferred to teach kindergarten and I have been finding guided instructions on math, glad I found this forum.
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