Monday, June 25, 2012

Math Workshop

Somehow, and I have no idea how, I've become known at my school as a math person.  All of my administrators and teacher friends all seem to think that I'm one of those people who just LOVE math.  This is so funny to me, because as a student I HATED math.  It wasn't that I wasn't good at it, but rather that I thought it was the most boring thing in the entire world!  I'll also confess that my first couple of years teaching, I'd have been happy to skip math altogether.

Fast forward several years later, and I absolutely love teaching math-all parts of it!  My teaching style has slowly evolved into using the workshop model to teach math, which I plan to post much more about over the next several weeks.  I won't lie-it wasn't a painless process for me, because I more or less taught myself and learned as I went.  There was plenty of trial and error-probably much more error than I care to admit.  However, I was very fortunate to teach in a district that strongly supported and encouraged the implementation of math workshop, and I've been able to attend various conferences and have different professional develop opportunities.  I also tried to read everything I could get my hands on to aid in my own professional development.  My absolute favorites were:

It took a while but I finally feel very comfortable with math workshop, and I actually couldn't imagine teaching any other way!  I enjoy working with other teachers to help them implement math workshop in their own classrooms, and I hope to help make the transition much easier for others.

One thing that I really focus on during math workshop is requiring my students to show their work using multiple representations.   The representations that we primarily focus on are using a number sentence, making a table, making a graph, explain in words, and draw a picture.  I don't require my students to model their work using all the representations, but I do like for them to be very familiar with each type of representation and to be able to at least show their work using a couple of different representations.  I've recently made a poster for each of the representations that you can download below.

I've made a version for younger students that only uses addition problems and a version for older students that uses multiplication.  Just click on the links below for your copy!
Younger Students
Older Students

I've recently listed The Math Workshop Guide to my TpT store, and it includes more than 80 pages that describe and give directions for effectively implementing math workshop in a 1st-5th grade classroom.  It includes parts of math workshop, math workshop must haves, organizing manipulatives, math groups, math work stations, self-assessments, journal prompts, manipulative labels, and common core standards checklists for math!

Here are a few pictures of what is inside!


Amerrwet said...

I love the posters. I am doing the guided math book study with some of the other blogs, these will work well and help me a math rich environment. Love them thanks.

Amerrwet said...

forgot the word create a math rich environment.. :) It's my bed time...

Lisa at Fourth and Ten said...

Thanks for the freebie! I really enjoy your math posts and continue to look forward to them this summer, as I prepare for my return to the upper cards. :) Thanks again!
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Kaitlyn said...


This looks absolutely amazing and helpful!! Thank you for creating it!

:) Kaitlyn
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Techie Santillana said...

Hi Ashley, I am also looking to buy some math books online. I am debating between
About Teaching Mathematics: A K-8 Resource and
Teaching Student-Centered Mathematics: Grades 3-5 Volume 2

i know you mentioned as the student centered one as one of your favorites. have you read the Marilyn Burns one?

Mrs. Slyter said...

Thank you so much for sharing!

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