I have now attempted guided math and math workshop on four different occasions. I would say that is pretty good considering we started school on September 5th and my goal was to have things up and running by October. I’m still making some tweaks here and there, but I think the kids are showing tremendous promise!
The first two days we attempted the math stations, I made sure that the teacher station was more of an independent work station so I could be free to monitor the students around the room. I have been very thankful for my blogging friends and freebie finds from the past few months because my kiddos are LOVING the math workshop format.
Right now our math stations are pretty vanilla – there isn’t a lot of WOW to them yet since I want them to learn the correct behaviors and expectations for the stations. I have mixed ability groups for now. By doing this, I can teach the same lesson to all groups and really focus all of my attention on the neediest student(s) in the group. My plan is that once we move into the second unit and beyond I will be able to form some leveled groups for more focused small group instruction.
So, here is how it looked this week: