I keep thinking that this is all about how we should teach math like we teach reading. Our classrooms should also have a environment rich in numeracy. How can we find a balance in our rooms of both numeracy and literacy?
The chapter begins with the foundational principles of a guided math classrooms (pgs 34-37.) Followed by suggestions for building a classroom learning community. The author stresses "Communication is at the heart of mathematics-to clarify thinking, to express ideas, to share with others, to justify processes, and to explore relationships" (Sammons, pg 39). Next, the book discusses the classroom arrangement including the home area, large group meeting area, small group area and workshop area.
Organization and Storage of Materials---My math organization works for me and I made very few changes this year. I have a math cabinet where I keep the math manipulatives. All the containers are labeled. I have written a post about how I organized my math cabinet here.
This year I purchased these containers. We put our money, counters and other small items into these smaller containers and then placed them in the larger one for storage. The containers worked great for me.
At the end of the chapter, Sammons discusses ways to make your classroom a numeracy-rich environment. They are:
- Student Calendars or Agendas
- Problems of the Day and Problems of the Week
- Word Wall and Vocabulary Displays
- Math Journals
- Graphic Organizers
- Class-Made Charts
- Tools for Measuring
- Math-Related Children's Literature
- Math Books by Student Authors
- Math Connections to Other Curricular Areas
This Chapter is hosted by Dana at 3rd Grade Gridiron. She has a fabulous video on her page describing the chapter that you must see.
If you missed Chapter 1 check out Brenda over at Primary Inspired. She hosted Chapter 1.