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Monday, January 20, 2014

Where Has Math Workshop Been All My Life?

Do you love teaching Math or do you just survive it?
Well, I wanted to jazz up my Math block,
and after searching around, found my answer! MATH WORKSHOP!
I read this Scholastic post from Beth Newingham
and structured my Math Workshop after hers.  I. Love. it!



Here's how it looks in my classroom.

I divided my students into 3 groups based on Math level.
I have one group of 8 and two groups of 9.

Each group rotates to 3 stations during Math Workshop.
This allows for differentiation among groups. We spend 1 hour in Math Workshop.


Rotation One- 20 minutes
Group 1- My Emergent Group meets with me for initial instruction of today's skill
and remediation from our last skill. We meet on the carpet and use manipulatives
and marker boards.



Group 2- My Independent Group meets with my Assistant Teacher (partner in crime) to practice today's skill and receive enrichment on previous skills. They complete workbook pages (We use Math in Focus-Singapore Math) and use marker boards for extra practice.


Group 3-My Instructional Group completes differentiated work stations that review previous skills. We have 4 work stations each week. For my group of 8, students work with a partner. My groups of 9 have 3 partner groups and 1 trio. All differentiated work stations are hands-on activities that review skills and strategies we have previously learned.



Rotation Two- 20 minutes
Group 1-My Emergent group practices today's skill and reviews previous skills
with my Assistant.

Group 2-My Independent group completes differentiated work stations that review previous skills and allow them to work on more advanced skills.
Group 3-My Instructional group receives instruction from me on today's skill and remediation/enrichment when needed.

Rotation Three- 20 minutes
Group 1-My Emergent group completes differentiated Work Stations. These stations allow for varying levels.
Group 2-My Independent group receives instruction on today's skill and enrichment on other skills.
Group 3-My Instructional group practices today's skill and reviews previous skills with my Assistant. They also receive remediation/enrichment if needed.

I love, love, love teaching Math this way! My students love Math Workshop, too!

5 comments:

  1. I've been using Math Workshop this year, too! And I love it! Mine looks a little different - I do a short whole group lesson first and then we move into our 3 rotations. My rotations are only 15 minutes each though. I'm so jealous that you have a teacher assistant! That must be amazing. I can see how that would allow you to do 20 minute rotations. Anyways, thanks for sharing! I love seeing how other people set up their workshop times and activities - it gives me great ideas! :)
    Kady

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    1. Hey, Kady!! I actually thought about doing a mini lesson then moving into shorter rotations. Glad to know 15 minutes works for you! I am very fortunate to have an assistant (and an awesome one). We ALL should have one!! Have a great week!
      Laura

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  3. Hi Laura, I'm thinking about re-vamping my math workshop next year. I'd love to learn more about how you differentiate your stations!

    Thanks,

    ~Jessica
    Fun in PreK-1 & Kinder

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  4. Hi Laura,

    I'd love to learn more about how you differentiate your stations! Thanks for sharing, these ideas are very helpful as I'm thinking how to re-vamp my math workshop next year.

    ~Jessica
    Fun in PreK-1 & Kinder

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