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2nd Edition

Guided Math in Action
Building Each Student's Mathematical Proficiency with Small-Group Instruction

ISBN 9780429283253
Published November 4, 2021 by Routledge
234 Pages 155 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Learn how to help elementary students build mathematical proficiency with purposeful, standards-based, differentiated, engaging small-group instruction. This best-selling book from Dr. Nicki Newton provides a repertoire of in-depth strategies for conducting effective guided math lessons, scaffolding and managing learning in small groups, and assessing learning. Dr. Newton shows you the framework for guided math lessons and then helps you develop an action plan to get started.

This fully updated second edition features helpful new sections on beliefs, teacher moves, planning, talking and questioning, and kidwatching. It also contains a brand new study guide to help you get the most out of the book and use it with your colleagues. Perfect for teachers, coaches, and supervisors, this popular resource is filled with tools you can use immediately, including anchor charts, schedules, templates, and graphic organizers. With the practical help throughout, you’ll be able to implement Tier 1 and 2 lessons easily. This book will help you guide all your students to becoming more competent, flexible, and confident mathematicians!

Table of Contents

1. An Introduction: Guided Math 2. Beliefs that Frame Guided Math 3. Five Teacher Moves for Small-Group Success 4. Guided Math in Numerate Environment 5. Managing the Math Workshop 6. Kidwatching 7. Balanced Assessment: The Key to Grouping Students for Guided Math 8. Planning, Planning, Planning 9. Building Mathematical Proficiency 10. Questioning in the Guided Math Group 11. What Are the Other Kids Doing? 12. More about Math Workstations 13. The First 20 Days of Math Workshop: Setting the Stage for Effective Guided Math Groups 14. Book Study Guide

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Dr. Nicki Newton has been an educator for over 30 years, working both nationally and internationally with students of all ages. She has worked on developing Math Workshop and Guided Math Institutes around the country; visit her website at She is also an avid blogger (, tweeter (@drnickimath) and pinner (


"I can honestly say, THIS is the book every teacher (and Specialist) is looking for! The most frequently asked questions around Guided Math are about the details of how to effectively implement or tweak small group instruction in the classroom. Dr. Nicki Newton's Guided Math in Action, 2nd Edition goes into the messy details of those complicated answers and provides very real and practical examples. This 2nd Edition not only models how flexible Guided Math can look when implemented; it also shows how "out of the box" we must be willing to think in order to meet the various needs of our students. It has everything from literal examples of how to open with different hooks (ie: number talks) to explicit charts modeling how to differentiate using DOK leveled stems. This book is a game changer because while modeling ways to build students' math proficiency, it simultaneously builds the educator's proficiency with very real ways to transform our classrooms into incredible learning environments."--Kimberly O'Neal, Lead Math Interventionist, Klein ISD, Texas