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  1. Tammy

    Thank you, Becca, for your great ideas and practical suggestions! I have been exploring how to start a Math workshop in my classroom for some time now but on your site I finally found the practical way to make it work. I’m soooo excited!

    • Chalkboard Creations

      Thank you so much for your kind words! I will tell you that while it is a little overwhelming at first, it is so worth it! I have “converted” lots of teachers at my school and they are all thriving now. You can do it!

  2. Callie

    I have been following your blog in hopes of trying to start this in my own classroom but I’m not sure where to start. I am a first year teacher and teach 7th grade math and 9th grade algebra. I really think this could be beneficial even in upper grades. Do you do math workshop everyday? Do you ever teach a new lesson as a whole group?

    • Chalkboard Creations

      Welcome to my blog! I think that the workshop model works with any grade level, and would be very beneficial for middle and high school students. In my class we do workshop almost every day. However, sometimes if a topic is brand new and more difficult I use the whole math block to teach whole group and do an interactive journal entry. (I use an Interactive Math Journal resource by Runde’s Room. You can read about it here: http://www.rundesroom.com )
      Honestly, the key to doing math workshop is making sure the kids know your (strict) expectations. For my kids, I make it clear that if they can’t follow my directions and expectations, then they will be separated from their group and required to just do straight worksheets. The kids like the opportunity to do other activities around the room. If you are concerned about what to do in each of the centers, I just read a great article about middle school math workshop: http://middleschoolmathman.blogspot.com/2015/01/algebra-math-centers.html
      Hope this helps to get you started. Let me know if you have more questions!

      • Callie

        Do you have time to rotate through all your stations daily? At my school I have 54 minute periods but I would need 4 groups. I’m not sure I could rotate through all of them in one class period. Any suggestions?

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