A goal of our mathematics instruction should be to help our students develop flexibility with numbers. For that to happen, children need to experience the meaning of numbers with concrete, hands-on experiences. Three keys to developing flexibility are counting, composing, and changing numbers. The activities I’m sharing today are simple to prep and use materials […]

## Making Sense of Math

Math should make sense. It’s a relatively simple statement, yet for many it’s the stuff of dreams. I know that as a child growing up, math certainly did not make sense to me. Math was about memorizing procedures and performing tedious calculations. That was then, but surely it is different now, right? Well…let’s say the […]

## Implementing Math Workshop

“The goal during the first few weeks of Math Workshop is to create a learning culture in which students know and apply routines and procedures and are ready to assume the responsibility for their mathematical learning.” (Sammons/Boucher, p 119) As we wind down the book study on Guided Math Workshop, I’ll bet you’re full of ideas and […]

## Math Workstation Tasks

“Without effective Math Workstation tasks, successfully implementing Math Workshop is impossible.” (Sammons/Boucher, p 69) And here we are in August! I’m sure your brain is buzzing with great ideas about how to implement or improve Guided Math Workshop! You can catch up by using the links in the Reading Schedule below. Jump in anytime! Reading schedule Book […]

## Developing Automaticity with Basic Math Facts

The standards, whether the CCSSM or the TEKS in Texas, definitively state that students should develop fluency with calculations, and that means automaticity with basic facts. Knowing math facts is similar to knowing sight words–it frees up the mind to solve real math problems. If a child has to struggle to solve 8 + 3, they have no […]

## Planning Math Workstations

“…workstations are most successful when teachers give careful attention to the composition of their student groups, the mathematics content of the workstation tasks, and the types of math tasks students are expected to complete.” (Sammons/Boucher, p 59) So far in our book study of Guided Math Workshop we’ve been planning the menu and setting the table. This […]

## Managing Guided Math Workshop

“Effective management practices springboard student learning and allow teachers to extend their mathematics instruction in a myriad of ways…” (Sammons/Boucher, p 49) This week in our book study of Guided Math Workshop, we will be discussing considerations for the management of Guided Math Workshop. So important! You can catch up by using the links in the Reading […]

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