Differentiated Guided Math Centers

BY Catherine Hamilton-Milne

Barnstable Community Horace Mann Charter School

Project Description

The objective of this proposal is to acquire math materials that can be used during Guided Math Practice, and to extend lessons during independent skills practice. “Guided Math, also known as Flexible Small Grouping is a data-driven intervention that matches a student’s readiness level for learning with the appropriate instructional strategy, delivering the right content at the right pace.” Benders & Craft, Networks: Vol. 18, Issue 1 ISSN 2470-6353 Spring 2016. In my role as our school’s Math Specialist, I have analyzed our students’ performance on nationally normed, Common Core aligned assessments such as Symphony Math and Renaissance STAR Mathematics, and our Grade 3 performance on the Spring 2018 MCAS. I have identified specific content areas and skills that need to be taught more directly, and practiced by students in small groups and/or interdependently across multiple grade levels.

The Math materials selected can be easily differentiated, and will target and build specific math skills based upon the needs of individual students. I will use them during in-class grade level services and while providing more intensive services during small group intervention services in the Math Room. Additionally, working collaboratively with classroom teachers I will provide materials for teachers to use with their students during their in-class intervention blocks.

How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)

Student progress towards mastery of the content areas identified and targeted using Guided Math Kits will be monitored using grade level in-class assessments, Symphony Math Screener and Benchmarker and Renaissance STAR Math Assessments and the Spring 2019 Grade 3 MCAS.

Benefit to the students and the school

Through Guided Math Groups and independent math center practice, students will demonstrate an increased understanding of Grade Level Common Core Math Content in the areas of:
Geometry and Fractions
Multiplication and Division
Place Value
Addition and Subtraction

Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable)

The materials acquired will be used by students across all grade levels (Kindergarten through Grade 3)throughout this year and for many years to come.