- Connection-This is the activating portion of the lesson
- Teaching Point-Teacher models or demonstrates ("I do" portion)
- Active Engagement-Guided practice ("We do, Y'all do" portion)
- Link to Ongoing Student Work-just what it says: You link to what they'll be doing independently ("You do" portion).
Sammons writes that the mini-lesson should be brief---no more than 10 minutes. I've found it extremely difficult to do each component of a minilesson and still keep it within the 10 minute time frame, at least in 4th grade. I especially need more time with the active engagement portion because I'm often listening in to students and offering feedback. While I really strive to limit the teacher talk, and focus on more time for guided practice, I know this is something I still need to work on. I'm finding that for adequate practice, usually my minilesson takes between 15-20 minutes---close enough :) I think for 4th graders and the difficulty level of some of the problems they solve in math, 20 minutes is reasonable.
How about you? What did you take away from this chapter?
Can't get enough of the Guide Math book study? Check out these links for more:
Chapter 1: Primary Inspired
Chapter 2: Third Grade Gridiron
Chapter 3: Making It as a Middle School Teacher