The summer illness has mostly left the building.
Just a lingering sore throat, but feeling much better overall- Thanks for asking!
Thought I'd toss in a real non-linky blog post on this dreary New England day.
I'll be coming at ya all next week with 5 days of posts from
The Teacher's Chair School Week Linky.
If your a blogger check this out. Lots of great ideas!
There is a freebie at the end of this long post so hold on tight!
I apologize in advance for the lack of pictures, but I am not in my classroom to take pics.
I wanted to spend a little time today on this little 'ole blog talking about Math Workshop.
I implemented Math Workshop midway through last year and did a lot of tweaking and twisting throughout the year to make it just so.
In my eyes Math Workshop is a time where students have the opportunity to practice the math skills they have learned in class. At this time I can catch up with kids who need remediation or an extra challenge. I don't meet with every student, but the kids I see need a little something one way or the other. I may pull them to my table to work on something specific or visit them at whatever they chose to coach them along.
We do anywhere from 1-3 rotations of Math Workshop each lasting about 15 minutes. Ever notice how much louder kids are during math? I don't know if it's because we do math after lunch/recess or they are just so excited about learning (wink). I digress.
I modeled Math Workshop loosely off of the premise of the Daily 5.
My take is that students given choice about their learning will be more invested in the process.
My students have 4 areas to choose from
Fun with Numbers
Math with Technology
I picked these four areas because
1. They are easy for the kids to remember!
2. The titles are loose enough that I can put a variety of activities in the area
and it will encompass everything.
Such as "Fun with Numbers" can be money, time, addition, subtraction, odd/even and more!
I have mentioned before I don't do pocket charts with names and rotations. We simply meet on the rug. I ask each students where they are going and off they go. It's not cute or fancy, but it works! And it's one less thing I have to keep up with. It also helps me see where kids interests lie. Or they'll mention they want to go back to a certain area because they liked a game or activity there.
As we did Math Workshop last year and Math Centers the previous year I always got a little hung up on the preparation time of it all. There is only so much cutting and laminating a girl can do. I'd be cutting and stuffing baggies minutes before they were about to go to the area.
This year I thought I'd help myself out a bit.
I have spent many a naptime this month working on
Print and Go Math Workshop (September)!
Just like the name says...
You print these up, add some cards and/or dice, perhaps some counters and away you go!
Included your kiddos will be working on
+1 and +0
Odds and Evens
Graphing with 3 different Johnny Appleseed pictures
There are 10 activities in all.
I also included a checklist where students can put a tally mark each time they complete an activity.
The students can go back to these over and over again throughout the month!
You set them up once at the beginning of the month and off they'll go.
This will free up so much of your time you won't know what to do with yourself. Hehehe!
Go HERE to check this easy peasy Math Workshop!
Hold the phone....These are ON SALE for $1.00 until Monday night! (7/29).
October, November and so on will be joining the ranks soon too!
In preparation for September (gulp) I have also made some Math Workshop signs for my classroom.
Last years were pitiful.
These will be so much better!
They are coming to you today for FREE!
Oh yeah, you heard that right...FREE!
I made them in full page and half page.
If you grab these I'd love your feedback. Thanks in advance!
Thanks for hanging in there folks!