Guided Math: Small Group Instruction

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Today we will talk about my Small Group Instruction!

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My Small Group Instruction takes place every day. I meet with each group for 15-20 minutes. I always start with my Strategic Intervention group.

All of my small group lessons revolve around one of my Guided Practice Workmats that is directly correlated to the skill that we are working on. All of my workmats are put in clear page-protectors and my students use dry-erase markers and math manipulatives on top of the Guided Practice Workmats.

Every single lesson I teach has a workmat that I use during small group instruction. You can see my 2nd Grade Guided Math Yearlong Bundle  or my 3rd Grade Guided Math Yearlong Bundle  workmats/lessons/activities for each unit. I always put the math manipulatives that we are working with in small baskets so that my teacher table stays organized and neat while I am guiding the lesson and the students are working.

Each of my three groups are differentiated. I have a Strategic Intervention group, an On-Level group, and an Advanced group. My lessons are differentiated for each of these groups. If I have a larger class size sometimes I will have two Strategic Intervention Groups or On-Level Groups.  However, that always depends on my class size and the results of my pre-assessments and how I group my students for each unit of study.

Small group instruction allows you to truly differentiate your instruction. It allows you to offer rigorous, targeting instruction on that particular group’s ability level. By utilizing small group instruction, this allows you to help your students learn and practice mathematical discourse.  The students have the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions about strategies they are using to solve the problems they are working on. This also helps students who have difficulty putting their ideas into words and allows them to hear their peers’ explanations.

In addition, it allows you the opportunity to clear up any misconceptions or struggles that students are demonstrating and quickly remedy the confusion.  If you are teaching whole group lessons, sometimes you might not even have the time or ability to catch a student’s confusion until the lesson is over or even the following day when you are reviewing their work.

Lastly, students feel much more confident about their math skills because they are able to have more 1-1 interaction with the teacher, get immediate help when they are confused on a skill/problem, and their confidence level increases with each small win they feel during small group instruction.

Small group instruction solves all of these issues and allows students to grasp the skills and strategies you are teaching much more quickly than during a whole group lesson. a nutshell that is my WHY! These are all the reasons that I teach math in small groups! If you want to head back to my main post to read the rest of the installments on Get Your Groove On with Guided Math, click here to head on back to my main post to read about the next component of Guided Math!


If you are interested in learning how to implement Guided Math using a Step-by-Step approach, I have created

an online Professional Development Guided Math workshop called Guided Math that Works.

Guided Math that Works is an online Professional Development Workshop

that I created for elementary teachers in Grades 1-5!

This professional development workshop has been a true labor of love that took me

a year to develop to ensure that I took all of my LESSONS LEARNED and mistakes that I made along the way and help YOU

AVOID making the same mistakes that I made when I first implemented the Guided Math framework

in my classroom and feel successful as soon as you put the guided math gears in motion!

Guided Math that Works provides you with a clear and actionable ROADMAP to easily and efficiently

get Guided Math up and running in your classroom! I am teaching you EVERYTHING I have done

in my own classroom to have a calm, organized, streamlined, and chaos-free guided math block

where you will begin to see your students’ math success SOAR!

Here’s the lowdown on Guided Math that Works…

This Professional Development Workshop includes:

  • 5 Learning Modules that contain 24 video-based lessons
  • 5 hours of learning that can be used towards your professional development requirements
  • PDF downloadable workbooks for each module
  • TONS and TONS of amazing BONUSES in the bonus module of the course (OVER $40 in BONUSES ALONE)

This Professional Development Workshop can be done in the comfort of your own home (PJs acceptable)

or your school district can purchase licenses for their teachers through our school district licensing program.

Here is an overview of the modules:

(WAIT until you see the BONUSES included!!!)

CHECK OUT this page to get a TON of information about

Guided Math that Works!

Chat with you soon…








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  • John
    June 2, 2017 at 2:07 am

    I am very impressed with your work here. I am trying to convince my team to “buy” into this program. I was wondering if you’d be willing to send me a lesson-any lesson-that shows how it is differentiated? I have downloaded your “implementation” giveaway, but those lessons don’t show the differentiation. I have tried to see this through the previews, but it is too difficult. I appreciate your consideration of my request.