I am linking up super, duper late to Holly's:
I have been wanting to join this for a while BUT I have been so stinkin busy!!!
Crazy busy I tell you!
So, Tried it Tuesday is sharing about something you tried and whether it worked or didn't work, you get the idea:)
My Tried It: Math Workshop
This year, I bit the bullet and changed the entire way I teach Math.
I taught Math this year in a workshop/rotation format.
Thanks to my super good friend Elizabeth, Fun in Room 4B, talking me through the whole process, encouraging me not to give up, and sharing lots of ideas for it, I am so glad I did it and once I got the hang of it I haven't looked back:)
This is my rotations board at the beginning of the year.
This is my board now:) Very similar to a "Daily 5", just for math instead. I am a huge fan of working with the kids in small groups:)
My kids are grouped based on assessments and ability. I have 3 rotations a day. I think the "traditional" math workshop calls for 4 but I don't have that time, so I switch one out based on our lesson. My rotations are:
Teacher Time = small group lesson instruction with me
At your Seat = Usually a worksheet or page from the lesson the day before. Sometimes other work/review.
Math Facts = Anything to practice math fact fluency. I have Mathsharks, Ipad, computers, flashcards in teams, bottle caps.....lots of options
Hands On = different activities the coincide with the lesson, usually with manipulatives
Teacher Time and Math Facts I do for sure daily. I switch back and forth between the other 2:)
What I Love about Math Workshop:
- I love working with the kids in smaller groups. I have their attention and there's not a lot of room for drifting off or day dreaming, like you sometimes see in whole group. I feel a much better connection with the kids in small group.
- By working in the smaller groups, you can quickly see who gets it and who doesn't
- Students get extra time if they don't really get the lesson
- Kids that totally get it can move on in the rotations so I have more time with the ones who really need it
- Based on classroom assessments and district tests, I have seen huge growth with my kiddos this year. I feel like they are way further along than my group last year.
What I Don't Love about Math Workshop:
- I can honestly say that once I got the "hang of it" and it started to flow, there is nothing that I don't love! Well, there is one thing...............................my Math block is not long enough!!!!
I have no control over that, so have to make it work for me:)
What Can I do Differently?:
- There are many things I can do differently. I want to really work on activities this summer to add to my workshop rotations.
- I want to be a little more organized with my set up and rotations.
- I want to try to use the assessments even more to drive my groups and instruction.
All in all, I have loved using this format this year and so have the kids. Do I do rotations every single day? No.....that depends on the lesson. If it's a really tough one that I think most will struggle with, I will do whole group instruction. Can I tell ya how spoiled my kiddos are though? They get totally bummed if we aren't doing workshop:)
This is just the tip of the iceberg for teaching in a math workshop format. You really need to check out Elizabeth's posts on this. She is the math master at doing this:)))
Do you teach math in a workshop format?
Do you like it?
Do you have any great ideas for me? Love to hear what works for you:)
I am always looking to tweak things:))