Friday, July 20, 2012

Guided Math, Chapters 8 & 9

Chapter 8 in Guided Math is all about Assessment.
  • Usually, to me, grading math is black and white. The answer is either wrong or right. I use a point system, where each question is worth 1 point, and the grade looks something like this: 31/35. The top number is the number they got right, and the bottom number is the total number of points available. At the end of the semester, I add all the points up, divide by their points by points possible and I have the grade.
  • Sammons introduced checklists and rubrics in this chapter for Math. I have used checklists and rubrics for other things, but never for math. I am really intrigued by the idea of using this to help my assessment in math.
  • I think the checklists will work really well in the small group, as I will able to see easily who has it and who doesn't. I could also give the checklists to the students, to have them do self-assessments and see where they feel they are in Math.  
This chapter really opened my eyes to different types of assessment that I could use in my Math block.

Chapter 9
  • Chapter 9 is all about pulling it all together, and basically sums up the book.
I really liked this book. A lot of what Sammons said made sense, and she gave us the information with different ideas on how to implement it. The best things, I feel like she was saying to us that this how you can set it up, but you need to make it work for you and your students.

This has definitely given me some great ideas for next year and how I want to set up my Math block!

Smiles and Sunshine,


  1. Just purchased this book and looking forward to reading it. I'll be checking back after each chapter to see what you have to say. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks for linking up! I also am really excited about what my math block is going to look like! I'm almost tempted to set up a meeting date & time so we can all share what Guided Math is looking like in our rooms. It's going to be different in each room since it's meant to be flexible and address the needs of students.

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