Friday, January 6, 2017

How to Organize (and Love) Math Workshop in 3 Simple Steps

Math Workshop a.k.a. guided math is an amazing way to approach math instruction.  Organizing it on the other hand can be a challenge. 


1.  Create Groups with a Purpose
In order to best meet the needs of all learners students should be grouped purposefully.  The best way to do that is to figure out what your students already know.  Give a pre-test at the start of each unit and form groups based on the data.  Following up with a post test at the end of the unit will clearly show how much each student has learned.

2.  Organize Materials in the Classroom
A clear defined space for math materials makes organizing a breeze.  I organize math work by group.  Each group has a large paper basket.  Math books and interactive notebooks are kept inside.


Keeping math manipulatives together is another way to help organize for Math Workshop.  When materials are kept together students can easily find what they need to be successful at each station.

3.  Plan Ahead 
A clear plan helps Math Workshop run smoothly.  Differentiated lessons that are targeted to each group help to keep students engaged throughout each station.  I use a folder system to keep each group on track.  Work for each group is placed inside the folder along with a set of directions for the group to follow at each station.  Here is an example of the direction sheet that I use.  The direction sheets follow the order of the math stations the group follows.  If you are interested you can check it out here.

Check back soon to read more about how I use Math Workshop in my classroom.  How do you organize for your math class?


4 comments:

  1. I like your math schedule. I also pinned this post! The blog's looking good!

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  2. Keeping materials organized is half of the battle! Thanks for sharing your ideas. Pinned! :)

    Linda at Primary Inspiration

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