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Balanced Math

Lisa Lemaster-Brizendine

Teacher Professional Development

Summer Teacher Institute, 2014


“Placemat Consensus”

What does ‘balanced math’ mean to YOU?


Objectives for today…

Review the

Balanced Math Framework

Discuss how to plan for a Balanced Math Classroom


Balanced Math


‘Where’ the math works (finding a product; application)

‘How’ the math works (process & procedures)

‘Why’ the math works (explaining your answer)

What are the 3 elements of

balanced Math ?


Balanced Math is...


Balanced Math




What are some ways to incorporate more problem solving?


Varied levels of learning…


Day15-20 minutes40 minutes5 minutes1Mini-lesson(whole group)Balanced Math StationsConferring (Individual or Strategy groups…)Closure2Mini-lesson(whole group)Balanced Math StationsConferring (Individual or Strategy groups…)Closure3Mini-lesson(whole group)Balanced Math StationsConferring (Individual or Strategy groups…)Closure4Mini-lesson(whole group)Balanced Math StationsConferring (Individual or Strategy groups…)Closure5Assessment day…Math journaling, intervention groups, review

Balanced Math Framework



What - Representations of key concepts and relevant connections . Opportunity to use math vocabulary/word wall in context. Students articulate their thinking including pictures and words.  Why - Writing can assist math instruction in two ways - by helping children make sense of mathematics and by helping teachers understand what children are learning. When – Typically, this occurs at the conclusion of math class. It should take only a few minutes of the lesson. How - Math Journals Vocabulary Exit Tickets

See: “40 Ways To Leave a Lesson” in your packet…



for a balanced math classroom



Balanced Math is…

Standards based NOT textbook based!!!

Your text book is an AWESOME

resource/ reference book.


Balanced Math

Group 1:Independent Math

Group 2: Shared Problem-Solving

Group 3: Math Games (Investigations)

Group 4:Math Facts

(Students work independently to explain and justify their own thinking about math concepts; using math word walls to build their understanding; putting strategies from today’s mini-lesson into practice.)

(Small groups of students work together to solve a math problem; promotes teamwork, communication, and the opportunity to build skills for problem-solving by seeing varying methods.)

(Small groups of students or partners play games together; Students become actively involved in a math concept, share strategies with peers, and scaffold learning from prior math units with the spiraling Investigations games.)

(Student knowledge of basic math facts is critical, but it is difficult to schedule adequate time for daily practice within a math curriculum; this station gives students the consistency needed to build their knowledge and skills through ongoing practice.)

Conferring allows you the opportunity, as a teacher, to meet with each student individually. During this time, We are able to support students in thinking about their mathematical reasoning and articulating their thinking; scaffold their thinking to expand the boundaries to new ideas; highlight or focus on a particular math strategy they may need extra help with; foster use of math vocabulary; have ongoing assessment data for each student and differentiate their learning according to their needs.

Writing about Math (Journaling or Argumentative Writing)

(Attending to precision and constructing viable arguments…)



FORMATIVE—checking on learning

as students progress

SUMMATIVE—checking on learning

at the end of the learning


“When the cook tastes the soup, that’s formative; when the guests taste the soup, that’s summative.”

(Stake, 2005)


Formative & Summative Assessments

Pre-TestQuizzes Teacher ObservationMath JournalsExit TicketsTeacher Made TestsChapter and Unit TestsDiscovery Education Assessments Benchmark Assessments Performance TasksProjects


Exit Ticket

What is the most significant thing you learned today? What support do you need next as you implement Balanced Math?

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