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I am a first year teacher and considering doing a math workshop. Do you think that this method of teaching math is more beneficial for students or not? I can't find any examples of it being taught on this website and am not sure if it is worth pursuing.

Sep 8, 2013 11:36am

  • Math
  • 3-5
  • Common Core / Differentiation / New Teachers

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    • Sep 8, 2013 3:12pm

      I have taught math in a workshop format in the past and I found it very successful. I modeled it off of a reading workshop structure with the start of the time being a mini-lesson with intentional student discourse around a concept, and then I moved students into work time in small cooperative groups or partners. This allowed me to pull small "guided groups" of students based on need, and also confer with individuals and small groups. I usually did a longer closure at the end with more mathematical thinking emerging (based on what student work and mathematical thinking I strategically chose to bring forward). This was time for additional learning which would launch us into the next day. I also usually ended after the group closure with an exit task or self-assessment. I think Common Core could absolutely be taught this way.