Let’s talk about Guided Math anecdotal notes. Do you take them? Do you skip them?
This is an essential part of Guided Math, yet a lot of teachers don’t know how to do it or what to note.
Does this sound like you? You have your lesson plan ready to go. You have manipulatives on the table for your students to use, and vocabulary and definition cards ready to go.
Everything is ready, except for note taking.
Why You Need To Take Guided Math Anecdotal Notes
Taking notes during Guided Math can help you remember specific details about how your students performed with the objective. It can help you develop future lessons, future student groupings, and can provide you with detailed information about specific objectives.
What To Note
It’s important to note if your students were proficient with the standard, or if they need more help. I like to note if they were able to understand the vocabulary terms and any type of problem they struggled with. I am very specific when I note what they struggled with, and I look for patterns in other students. This can help me develop future student groupings, or address big misconceptions in a whole groups setting.
How Your Guided Math Notes Can Help You
Your Guided Math notes can help you make further decisions in your classroom. You can note which students you need to work with during your intervention block and which students need enrichment. You can use these notes to decide what skills you need to pull more centers for. You can also use your notes to decide which vocabulary terms your class needs more practice with. Additionally, your notes can help you fill out progress reports or report cards.
How to Make It Easy
To save time, you can use student numbers instead of writing out your students’ names. You can also make taking notes easier by downloading my free Guided Math teacher binder (at the bottom of this page!) and using the note taking pages!
Concerned about time? Learn easy ways you can make time for Guided Math in your classroom here.