Thursday, June 28, 2012

MATH WORKSHOP BOARD {Classroom 360}

And I am not changing one stinking thing about it for this year. Now that I think about it, aside from my curtains and hand signals this is the only thing that didn’t get made over, spruced up or enhanced.


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I had posted about it last summer when I first created it, but felt it was definitely worth writing about again now that I have a full year of daily use under my belt. 
I have created many things over the years, but this is honestly one of my absolute favorites. It has truly changed my math instruction in the most positive of ways and has allowed my to teach the mandated curriculum in a manner that allows me to differentiate for all my learners. 



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There were occasional days when assemblies or other schedule changes caused me to not use the workshop.  When that happened there were actual moans and groans from the kids. They loved it as much as I did.  Here’s why it makes me so happy:
  • Short doses of everything. I’m sure you will all agree that attention spans as a whole are dwindling each year. By teaching math in small groups and in small chunks of time the students were all actively engaged and attentive throughout the entire math block. Each section held their attention and wrapped up before they became off task or disinterested. 
  • I was able to spend a great deal of time with each student 1:1 or in a small group which allowed me to really know them as mathematicians. I not only knew what their strengths and weaknesses were, but the format allowed me to effectively address them.
  • Each child had ample opportunity to talk about math. When instruction is delivered as a whole group you’ll find the same students volunteer to answer questions. Small group instruction and 1:1 meetings require a great deal of math discussion. Talking through their ideas and listening to others is crucial. It’s too easy to “drift” in whole group situations. My workshop routines created situations where students were constantly engaged in conversations about math and the students were constantly learning from each other.
  • It’s a routine. I love routines. The students knew what to expect when. They quickly became independent and the workshop was self-running.  This allowed for much more time on task learning and collaboration.
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I love the look of the board. It’s organized and meaningful. 
This version is available in my store and is currently one of my best selling products. You can purchase it here as an instant download. I’m currently working on another version that goes with my Blackline Design Product Line {saves money and creates custom color themes} without the cutesy clipart for teachers who want a different look. I’m hoping to have it uploaded to my store within the next day or two. 


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I have so much more to say about my Math Workshop and am working on a new blog series to further discuss how I plan each day, organize materials, adapt the mandated curriculum to fit this routine, and also how I get it going at the start of the year. I’ve created a video to “talk you through” the board. You can view it here or at the top of this post. 


 Feel free to leave your questions in the comments so I can address them in my upcoming Math Workshop series. In the meantime be sure to visit my original post from last summer that details how I use this system in my room.


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38 comments:

  1. Love it!!
    Blessings,

    Jessica Stanford
    Mrs. Stanford's Class
    I need your help! Come check out my last post ❤

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  2. I love your board. It is so cute and has so much information! I can't wait to see more about how you plan and organize and especially how you start it off each year. I would love to try this out, but we rotate the kids in groups through all teachers, so I have each group for just over a month. I'll need that "starting it off" routine to be really strong to get it going smoothly quickly!

    -Dani
    http://aplacetothrive.blogspot.com/

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    1. We did that at my school 2 years ago, and it is possible to have success. It takes a little bit, but the kids are more motivated so they learn the routine quickly.

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  3. I love how your math board is set up. I am currently trying to figure out how to squeeze math centers into my block & I think this board establishes a good routine!!
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  4. This looks great! I am excited to try this--organization and math seem to go together :)

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  5. I used your board for my math rotations starting in January and it completely changed how I teach math. Thank you so much for this idea and for all of your ideas.

    Elizabeth

    Fun in Room 4B

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  6. I'm glad for the "refresher" on this! I want to try to use more of a math workshop this coming year and I love your board. I don't have nearly this kind of board space in my classroom but I am using my brain to try to figure out another way to set that up in my room.

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    1. I don't have space either I was thinking of doing it on a trifold science board. Then I can move it..

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  7. What math series do you use? We are starting the Math in Focus Singapore Math Series with the third grade next year, and I was wondering if that is what you use. If so, I would love to see how this board fits into that series because it looks wonderful!! :)

    Thanks!
    Tara

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    1. Is jut able to watch the video, and I heard you use a different series :) thanks!

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  8. Do you start the day out with a small whole group lesson to introduce the days topics before you move into the groups? I am really looking forward to your series on this! I just bought your packet off of TPT and I will be implementing math centers in my room next year. Thanks! :)

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  9. Do these rotations come after the direct lesson or do you do that during teacher's choice? Love the way you have this set for your kiddos. Given the large range of levels in a typical classroom do you give different groups different activities when you write them on your strips? Thanks for taking the time to share.

    Kelley
    Mrs. Randall’s Learning Library

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  10. Jodi!
    I'm SO EXCITED to learn more about your Math Workshop!! I can't wait for your future posts!!!

    Thank you for all you do...your ideas and inspiration have been such a great help as I set up for my first year teaching!!

    Alex
    theschoolpotato.blogspot.com

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  11. I am SO EXCITED to try this in my classroom! I am glad you are going to delve deeper into the topic. I just placed your math station info in my cart of TPT. When I found out that I would be teaching 2nd this coming year, I brought home the teachers manual (we use Everyday Math). I want to differentiate my groups and your post has given me a direction.
    Thank you
    Amy
    Where Seconds Count 2nd grade blog

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  12. Jodi, I love it! I purchased your math workshop board not too long ago, and I am looking forward to using it this fall in my classroom. I am definitely looking forward to any and all tips you have coming about how you organize, plan, run, etc. your math workshop, as this will be completely new for me. Thanks a ton!
    http://cantmakethisstuffup-hmichaud.blogspot.com/

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  13. I am starting math workshop for the first time this year and cannot wait to read more of your posts! I love the design of your workshop board! Thanks for inspiring me :)

    Kate
    EduKate and Inspire

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  14. I LOVE math workshop and found myself nodding my head and agreeing with lots of your post! I had a similar experience with my kids, groaning when we had to do whole class instruction. The benefits of math workshop are so apparent, I will never be relying on only whole group instruction again.
    How did you handle this routine with subs?
    Were you able to pace your instruction with your grade level team? (I struggled with this, since the rest of my team did whole class.)

    EmilyK

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  15. Jodi....I'd love to know where you found the green pocket charts. I'd LOVE to find some lime green or turquoise pocket charts before August! HELP!

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  16. Love this, I am going to incorporate this into my class this year.

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  17. This looks GREAT!! We also use Investigations and I found that the whole group portion of these lessons works better with smaller groups. This gives me a better format to deliver it! Thank You!

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  18. I'll be juggling grades K-3 in my structured learning special ed class this year, and have been stressing on how to cover the curriculum across 4 grade levels in a meaningful manner, allowing for the various grade level schedules. This is just what I need! I am loving your classroom 360 series. For my special ed students, an organized classroom with familiar routines is a must!!

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  19. I love this! During my student teaching last year, we decided to incorporate small group rotations. The days when we did whole group instead were so much more painful! A few questions- how long is your math block? In the county I was in, students switch for math, so right off the bat there was some time lost to classroom transitions. I'm curious how time you actually have with them, and how much time that translates into with the rotations. Also, I saw someone else asked this, but I want to second it: Do you teach new concepts to the entire class, or only in small group? If you do it in small group, what do the students do during the other rotations when they don't meet with you until the end? Thank you so much for sharing!

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  20. I just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Stop by to get it.
    ~April Walker
    The Idea Backpack
    Ideabackpack@gmail.com

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  21. I LOVE this!! I am starting daily 5/cafe next year and was just thinking I wish there was a way to do math like the daily 5. This will be my 7th year teaching with this math serie and it's time to spice it up!! Can't wait to download your workshop right now!!

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  22. I was wondering how you utilize class management during math centers time? Do you have to intervene if it seems like the students are becoming too lax related to the procedures?

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  23. Can't wait to read more details about how you do your math workshop. I'm hoping it won't be too long--we go back to school in August, and I'd really like to read it before then!

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  24. I've been doing math groups, but I want to do something more organized and deliberate, and this looks great! How do you assign and check math homework? What do you do when students finish an activity, game, or worksheet early? How do you assess? Where do your grades come from? Do you give tests? Do you have volunteers or extra help during math time? And how much time do you have for math? How much time does each station take? What problems did you run into and how did you solve them? Thanks! Jenny

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  25. I bought this last summer and used it all last school year- and loved it!! I would HIGHLY recommend it! :)

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  26. Wow! Your site is amazing! When I saw the post about Math, I couldn't wait to view it and it didn't disappoint! I was excited to learn that you also use Math Investigations, but I do have some questions I hope you can answer. Do you do the whole group lesson in your small group sessions (repeating it for each group)? If so, how do the students complete the corresponding SAB pages when they haven't had your instruction yet? Also, Investigation calls for 1 hour of math, do you complete the math in that time or do you allot additional time in your schedule? I would love to try this for the upcoming school year and any guidance you can give would be greatly appreciated!

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  27. I don't see your math workshop board in your new black-line design yet. Did I miss it?
    Erika
    2B Honey Bunch
    Honey Bunch Blog Design

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  29. I love the idea of the math board to help with math workshop. I too am highly awaiting the post on math that you said was coming....and the blackline design of it. I love the blackline designs as I am doing a black and white theme in my class. Thanks so much for all you do.

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  30. I love your math stations board! Thank you so much for sharing! Your video really helped. I can't wait to try it out in my classroom this year! Do you do whole group instruction at any point before you start the stations?

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  31. LOVE this!! Am curious how you do it as far as introducing new material. Do you teach a whole-group lesson & then break into this centers? If so, are the centers reinforcements of what you JUST taught, or on a previous day's lesson?

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  32. I was wondering if yo ever uploaded the blackline version. I can't seem to find it. I bought the original but am in the process of redesigning my classroom.. Thanks
    ampd111@aol.com

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  33. Awesome! So well thought out and organized. I love the green pocket charts! (they match my room) where did you find them? I can only find blue and dark green! I'm fixated.... it's a problem I have. LOL

    Thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. Check Target's dollar spot when they put out their school supplies. I have tons of these from Target!

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  34. How or when do you teach whole group lessons? I know that we have certain TEKS or standards that have to be taught during a certain time frame so how would you make sure those are covered if you don't meet with each group everyday.

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