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 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!