Minds in Bloom is thrilled to welcome Sara from Sara J Creations to the blog today! She’s sharing five tips for setting up math workshop, which can be a challenge on its own. Enjoy!
- Monday – longer math lesson; teach games and activities that students will use during math centers that week
- Tuesday – longer math lesson; teach games and activities that students will use during math centers that week
- Wednesday – math workshop – students rotate to two of the six stations
- Thursday – math workshop – students rotate to two more of the six stations
- Friday – math workshop – students rotate to their final two stations
- Plan out the unit roughly – what you want to cover, how long it will last, etc.
- Plan one week at a time – I found that if I planned too far in advance, my students would throw me for a loop and need extra time on a concept, or they’d catch onto a concept really quickly, and then my plans would be off for several weeks.
An example of one week’s worth of math workshop plans
- Copy ahead of time – I planned on Thursday nights and had a copy mom copy for me on Friday. Then, I had Friday afternoon and the weekend to pull and prep anything needed for the following week.
- Set up on Monday – on Monday I would put all of the activities into the bins for the week, down to the manipulatives or supplies that they might need. That way, I wasn’t scrambling for anything on Wednesday when we started our rotations.
An anchor chart of the expectations for everyone, teacher included!