I thought I would give you a quick peek at my math workshop. I started doing math workshop about 2 years ago thanks to the help and encouragement of my dear friend Elizabeth at Fun in Room 4B. I was scared to do it.....I don't like change......not sure it would work........had no clue what I was doing.....didn't think I could fit it all in......and on and on.....
After a few tears, a little frustration, and a LOT of coaching from my friend......I DID IT!!!! Be sure to check out Elizabeth's posts on math workshop! They are fab!!
Now that I have done it, I WILL never turn back. Now, before you read on, KNOW that I am no pro at this.....ya gotta do what works best for you and your kiddos, AND it is always a work in progress! Another important thing I have noticed is that every year I train my kids for Daily 5. I honestly think their training in that helps them to be disciplined in math workshop as well. That training at the beginning of the year is so important!
This is where it all starts (sorry the pic is so blurry:/) Guided math/math workshop ideally has 4 rotations. Last year I tried 4 and then switched out between the 4. This year I have 3 and that's how it stays. My 3 rotations are:
At Your Seat
I have 3 groups of kids that rotate through.
I love to use the Educreations app on my Ipad as a dry erase board.
I use that a lot for modeling and examples.
The kids sit with me at my horseshoe table and we do the lesson for the day. I intro it, model it, and then they do it. One thing I love the most about this is that they all go at "their" speed. The ones that get it, go through it and are done quickly and can return to their seats to work on something else.
One thing they do if they finish with me and there is still time left in that rotation is grab a Math Shark. They can practice all kinds of skills on these. I got these with a grant a few years ago.
While those students go to their seats and do Math Sharks, that frees me up to work with the ones that need more help. When my little timer goes off, it's time to rotate:)
Couldn't live without my Dollar Tree timers!!!
At Your Seat
Our county purchased a program called I-Ready, so for most of the year, this has had to be one of their rotations. For At Your Seat they go to the computer and do this program. I love this program because it targets each of the kids DIFFERENT needs. It differentiates which is a huge help to me. They really like the program too! Traditionally the At Your Seat rotation is usually for seat work, usually the lesson from the day before. Sometimes we did do that too but mostly they were on the computer.
This rotation changes every day:) Lots of fun here! Here the kids are mostly playing some type of game that helps them with their math facts.
Some days we work on task cards. I was blessed enough to get 2 mini ipads and 3 ipods from grants. The kids love to do QR task cards with those. They also play all sorts of math games on them too!
Dominoes are fun for multiplication facts, fractions, on and on:)
This is another game they play. Notice the multiplication pattern????? We need LOTS of practice with multiplication fluency!!!
Another game they play is with foam (quiet) dice. And yes, you guessed it.....multiplication facts yet again. They like to keep score on their dry erase boards.
Another FAVE game is pop top multiplication facts! The kids LOVE this!
I also have TONS of task card sets that I have made or purchased. Today their math fact rotation was place value/rounding task cards from Teaching With a Mountain View. The great thing about the task cards is that I can take a grade if I want....it's kinda like how the At Your Seat is supposed to be but since we had that computer program to do I couldn't. See what I mean, ya gotta make it work for you:)
I hope you got a few ideas to use in your classroom, whether you use math workshop or not.
I can't believe I only have this week and next week with my kiddos and then we are done!!! Don't know where the year went but we are still working away:)
Have a great week everyone:)