Hi everyone! Thanks for coming back to discuss chapter 6 in Laney Sammons Guided Math: A Framework For Mathematics Instruction.
Chapter 6 is all about supporting guided math with math workshop.
There are many advantages of using Math Workshop in your classroom. It is definitely flexible. In my class, students sometimes work independently, in pairs, or as a group. There are days where the students begin working independently, then go into partner or group work. This is one way that I ensure that the work that needs to get done is actually completed.
My kids love working in partners and in groups. It is definitely a way to get the kids talking about math. 🙂
There are also some challenges of using Math Workshop in the classroom. It takes quite a while to get the routine set up in the beginning of the year. The students are always coming up to you and asking questions or often off task. But once the routine is set, it is so worth it!
It also takes more time to plan an effective Math Workshop. You need to be sure to select tasks that are appropriate and rigorous for the students.
What are some ways you can organize your classroom for Math Workshop?
Organization is key when setting up your classroom for Math Workshop. If you already have your room set up for Guided Reading, then you already know what to do.
I have an area set up in my room with all of my labeled math manipulatives that are easily accessed by the kids. The kids know where everything is and because things are labeled, the students know (eventually) where the material goes at the end of math.
I also have an area set up for my guided group to meet. I sit with my group on the floor towards the back of my room. Each table (I have 5) is designated a group. I usually have 3 groups plus my guided group.
I have a math board in the front of the room where the groups, the activity, and the rules are posted.
How can implementing Math Workshop promote the learning goals you have for your classroom.
When you use Math Workshop in your classroom, the students are given more effective tasks. Students become more independent and are held accountable for their learning. The students also work with each other and develop their math talk. They are able to discuss math and share the different strategies or ways that they solve a problem.
By implementing Math Workshop, the students are working on their level, not below or above. This ensures that the kids are not frustrated or bored in math class.
You also get a better view of what the students know or don’t know and can quickly correct the misunderstanding.
Laney Sammons gives some types of tasks that can be used during Math Workshop.
*Review previously mastered concepts
*Practice for math fact automaticity.
*Use mathematical games to reinforce concepts.
*Practice problem solving.
*Investigate mathematical concepts.
*Write in Math Journals.
*Complete computer-related work.
*Complete math-related work from other subject areas.
*Complete work from small-group instruction.
I love playing math games with my kids. They are great to review concepts already taught.
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What ways do you organize your classroom for Math Workshop or how do you plan to organize your room for next year?
I would love to hear your ideas!