I have been playing around with different ideas for math workshop for a few weeks now. I saw this idea on Pinterest. It comes from Cassie at Adventures in Teaching. To read more about how she uses BUILD in her classroom, click here.
Since this will be my first year trying Guided Math & Math Workshop, I wanted to simplify things. Here is what I have so far. I would love to hear your thoughts on this one.
(squiggle frame courtesy of From the Pond: http://frompond.blogspot.com)
T – Teacher
(guided math lesson)
I – Independent Practice
(skill review, catch-up work)
M – Math Buddies
(partner games & activities)
E – Extend the Lesson
(journal pages or other differentiated activities related to the lesson)
I envision the rotations moving to the left so that right after I teach a guided math lesson, students immediately begin working on the journal pages or extension activity. The group starting on extend a lesson will be continuing work from the previous day’s lesson. I would have one of my top groups be in this position.
Group 1 – Teacher – Extend a Lesson – Math Buddies – Independent Work
Group 2 – Independent Work – Teacher – Extend a Lesson – Math Buddies
Group 3 – Math Buddies – Independent Work – Teacher – Extend a Lesson
Group 4 – Extend a Lesson – Math Buddies – Independent Work – Teacher
My district uses Everyday Math. I think the Math Boxes and other Everyday Math Routines would fit well into Independent Practice. Independent Practice would also be a great time to review those basic skills that need continuous practice (time, money, etc.)
I also started brainstorming a list of Must Do/May Do ideas for early finishers. Here are some of ideas I have:
Think Tank Cards
Create a Math Box
Feedback is greatly appreciated. If you have any other ideas for my Must Do/May Do list, please don’t hesitate to let me know.