UPDATE: So, in trying to visit my room today and take pictures, I found a construction zone blocking my path. I'm going to try to go back next week, so that I can give a visual tour through what I do! :)
I also joined the Guided Math book study over at Primary Inspired. I hope you will join us through the course of June and July!
Something that I absolutely LOVED about my classroom this year was my math workshop. I had taken ideas from these two books:
Then I meshed them together along with Beth Newingham's workshop, and ended up with what I taught this year. I even incorporated I-Charts similar to Daily 5, so that reading and math would have the same expectations. I had so much fun with it, and my students really grew! After taking our post test, more than half of my class passed with A's or B's. I had 4 RTI kids who scored between 60-68%, which was huge for them considering it was a 40 QUESTION TEST! (Ugh so long). I felt like my students were really engaged this year and enjoyed math. Anytime we weren't doing math stations, you would here groans coming from all over the room! My plan for the next few weeks is to outline what I did, in hopes it could be helpful to others out there.
1. Materials and and Overview of Math Workshop
2. The three rotations: Team Meeting, Current Event, Math Stations
3. Mini-Lessons and Transitions
4. Launching Math Workshop
(I'm sure there is much more that I will add as I get myself organized!)
I'm also looking into reading this book this summer in hopes of linking math and reading beyond just behavior expectations. Has anyone read this?
I hope you will join me over the next few weeks and send any helpful hints about things you have found that worked in your class!