I am considering doing it this year. In the past, I've done a whole group lesson with an exit slip, then worked with the small group that didn't grasp the concept. I want to make it more like "guided math" and meet with ability based groupings. Does anyone do this, and can you outline your system for me?

I love teaching math in small groups. I really feel like I can meet my students' needs better, and I always know how well they understand the topic. I block off at least 1 1/2 hrs for math each day. I have 3 groups that I'll meet w/ for about 1/2 hr each. When I'm with a group, the rest of the students must do some or all of the following (depends on the day):
- add vocab. words to their notebook
- solve the problem of the day
- do some daily spiral review questions
- complete the independent work I give them when they leave my group

Then I usually have some type of long term project for them to work on as they have time. They usually have about a month to complete it. Here's a sample that I've posted before. Hope this helps.

I teach 4th grade. I mostly grade the front sheet - where they have to make sure everything adds up to the correct amount. The owner's recomendations sheet I usually have them check with a group or another student - then they can use calculators and discuss the answers. It's mostly just to make them think.

is a new book from Shell Publishing. It is a really good book .
The official name is:
Guided math A Framework for Mathematical Instruction by Laney Sammons

I am using Daily 5 again this year, and will be implementing CAFE (The Sisters--see Peony Room) to my literacy program this year. The groups are strategy-grouped rather than ability-grouped. I plan on doing the same thing for math...which is new to me this year. The structure of Daily 5 is so amazing...I just know it will work!

I teach 4th grade and love using Guided Math Groups. I teach a mini lesson for about 15 minutes. My students are divided into 3 groups (based on a pre-assessment) and after the mini-lesson, each group has 3 stations that they are responsible for. Here is an example of what it would look like:

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3
Guided Math Computer Independent Math
Independent Math Guided Math Math Games
Math Games Independent Math Guided Math

Each station lasts for 15 minutes.
The first group I work with are those that "aren't there yet." I do different things with each group when I meet with them to differentiate for different levels.