On p.188-189, Sammons presents a chart of effective uses for Math Workshop. She suggests the following components as activities students can engage in during Workshop:
- review of previously mastered concepts
- math fact automaticity
- math games
- problem-solving practice
- math journals
- computer use
- math related to other subject areas
One of the keys to having a successful Math Workshop is management. Routines, procedures, and expectations need to be explicitly taught and reviewed in order for students to be engaged in Workshop, freeing the teacher up to work with small groups. The management aspect that struck me the most was taking the time to observe Math Workshop to see where problems are. This can also be done in an engagement inventory to see who is engaged during Workshop and who needs some coaching on behavior and expectations. I have the habit of wanting things in September to look like they would in January. I know that this is only going to set my students up for failure, so I'm focused this year on really establishing the community of learners that will participate in Math Workshop.Differentiating during Independent Work Time bubble sheets (which you can win in the giveaway below!).
I think the greatest thing about Math Workshop is the ability to meet so many of the learning goals for your class. I love task cards and know that they will be an integral part of my Workshop. The great thing about them is they can be used to reinforce current topics, as well as review those important topics that have been previously taught. Just looking at the different activities that can be completed during Workshop, a variety of learning styles and intelligences will be hit upon, which is great for students. Overall, I think the flexibility of Math Workshop is beneficial for us as educators as well as for our students! I can't wait to get it up and going in the fall!
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