Jun 4, 2015

Constructing a Math Framework

As a school year wraps up, a new one begins...at least in our teacher brains.  We spend the summer reading and researching, planning and creating in order to be ready for our new students in the fall.  This reflection is an important piece of our growth as professionals.  I shared last week my building has spent the last couple months constructing a literacy framework.  As the year wrapped up in my K-2 school, we decided we needed to reflect upon practices and HOW we were actually teaching the math standards.

This discussion led us to the decision that a math framework was needed.  The goal:  To be more vertically aligned with instruction and vocabulary, while using best practices to teach the Common Core standards. 

Since we are departmentalized, we have a Kindergarten, first grade, and second grade math teacher.  Plus the Title I teachers that push in.  As a team, we decided our math classes is broken down into three sections: whole group (number of the day routine and Number Talks), guided math (focused standard lesson), and independent stations (games, apps, and Tier 2 intervention groups).  Here is an example:

The best practices for each component of the day were also defined:

As we worked on the framework, the standards were analyzed.  The team determined the standards were being hit on a daily basis through "number of the day" routines and the ones that needed to be more explicitly taught in a guided math format.

We did this analysis vertically and discussed how the skill level would gradually increase through the year.  This was very eye opening to us because there are so many standards that are being hit every.single.day! Making our curriculum calendar was much more manageable with this information.

Along with discussing the HOW of our math instruction.  We talked about the language we wanted to be using across the building.  A page with these common terms was started.  But we all attend a PD next week on Mathematical Practices and Number Talks; therefore, we have a feeling this page will grow :)

Is this a document that you would use or that you have in your building?


  1. Isn't it amazing how much we cover in one day?!? Sometimes I get overwhelmed when I'm told to focus on one standard for the day. There is so much going in all the time; I think this is especially true in lower elementary grades. Can't wait to hear about your number talks PD!


  2. WOW! I bet I could do this and see that so much is being taught and reviewed and expanded throughout the year. Thanks for a great idea. Just have to finish 3 other books that I have started...
    Happy summer!

  3. This is a very smart conversation you're having with your colleagues. This summer I'm trying to dig deeper with my own mat PD. I'm reading about guided math, number talks, and various other foundational math skills. There's so much to learn.


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