Chapter 6 – Supporting Guided Math with Math Workshop
This chapter had my text-to-text connections running into overdrive. There are so many similarities between the way I currently run Daily 5 in my classroom and the way I envision running Guided Math & Math Workshop. While stamina is a key word in Daily 5, I noticed that endurance was the choice word mentioned in Guided Math.
The author begins with an emphasis on the importance of teaching and establishing strong routines and structure for the workshop. I feel like I do a great job in the beginning of the year, but need to improve on reviewing more when new students move in or after a long holiday break.
The author mentions Eight Effective Uses of Workshop:
1. Review of Previously Mastered Concepts (although I dislike the word ‘mastered’)
2. Math Fact Automaticity
3. Math Games
4. Problem-Solving Practice
6. Math Journals
7. Computer Use
8. Math Related to Other Subject Areas
I’ve posted before about using the acronym T.I.M.E. to represent my math workshop rotations. If you missed that post, click here. While reading this chapter, I was pleased to see the author include so many ideas for workshop that were already in my plan for independent work (review, facts, games, and connections with other subjects).
As for the others:
**Computers – I would LOVE to have computers be accessible during math workshop. However, at our school the computers are in shared areas. I will have to wait and see how my schedule compares to that of the others trying to access the computers.
**Problem Solving – In the past I have taught problem solving one day a week. However, I feel like I want to change that slightly. I’ve been thinking that I might post a problem several days prior to our problem solving day. Students will have opportunities to show how they would solve the problem. Then on the day I am teaching problem solving, I can choose a few student examples to share. I would then choose a few more similar problems and let students try to solve them using their new strategies.
**Math Journals – Another thought running through my head was the Math Journals. I thought about how I could incorporate more writing as a means for mathematical communication. Since I teach friendly letter writing, I already have the students write letters to me one day a week. I thought I could start asking students mathematical questions in my responses back to them.
**Investigations – I need some guidance and advice with the Investigations piece. I think every once in a while I am able to pull in real world math situations, but I don’t intentionally plan them into my lessons. What are some of the best ways you have incorporated real-world math investigations into your classroom?
On a completely unrelated note, can anyone point me in the direction of a tutorial for using Google Docs and adding those documents to a blog post? Thank you!