Math Workshop…Am I Really in Kinder?

Written by Donna Boucher

Donna has been a teacher, math instructional coach, interventionist, and curriculum coordinator. A frequent speaker at state and national conferences, she shares her love for math with a worldwide audience through her website, Math Coach’s Corner. Donna is also the co-author of Guided Math Workshop.

I was so anxious to get this blog post written that I wolfed down my dinner!  I spent another amazing 45 minutes with Mrs. Bryan’s Kindergarten friends today and, as usual, I was blown away.  While I LOVE the math I see going on in the room, my heart is just as warmed by the awesome classroom management on display.  Not unlike any classroom, I know Mrs. Bryan has some squirrels in her room, but you’d be hard pressed to pick them out.  Her manner is so respectful and encouraging that kids can’t help but grow both academically and emotionally in her room.  She absolutely nurtures the whole child.

Take for example this exchange between Mrs Bryan (in italics) and the students as she chose friends to help her with the hundred chart activity (see picture below):

Are we sad if we didn’t get picked today?
Why not?
  We are happy for our friends who did get picked.
And what will probably happen next time?
We’ll get picked!

I can’t wait to see what Mrs. Byran’s friends have in store for me next week!!

Great anchor chart on ordinal numbers.
What’s the covered number?  Skip counting by 10s to 100.
Lots of examples of graphing.  These two are lost teeth and weather.
Math is EVERYWHERE!!  So engaging!
Dusti’s Hundred House.  Click on the picture to download your own copy.
Hmmmm.  What numbers can we add today?
A helper adds a missing number.  Great explanation of how she knows what the number is (Kindergarten friends talking tens and ones!!).
This is the daily quick survey.  Students respond to the question by placing their name card in the Yes or No column.  Today was a toughie!  Kids really struggled with the wording–shorter than another’s classmate’s name.


After the class reviews all the responses and move them to the correct column, the students figure out how many more No’s there were than Yes’s.  Am I still in Kindergarten?!
Implementing some new ideas from Friday’s professional development session.  Mrs. Bryan is introducing Math Mates (partners).  Debbie Diller finds that smaller groups are better for engagement and on-task behavior than larger groups.  She is also reviewing the expectations for math workshop since she is implementing a change.
Early Numeracy Bundle


  1. Amy B

    I loved reading this! She sounds like a great teacher! I do math buddies in first grade and would love to keep that going if I go to kindergarten. I would love to know how she ran her math mates!!! 🙂
    Amy Burton

    • Donna Boucher

      She is an amazing teacher! A true natural. She assigned math mates based on similar abilities/needs.

  2. annicita

    Check spelling for Ordinal Numbers: Ninth! / Nineth?

    • Donna Boucher

      OMGosh! I didn’t even notice. Oops!

  3. Diana Sullins

    Does she have a website or class blog? I would love to see more.

    • Donna Boucher

      No, Diana, I’m afraid she doesn’t.

  4. Amy Ware

    How does the hundreds house activity work? How do they choose a number, what questions are asked, etc. I love this idea, I’m just not sure how to implement it.

    • Donna Boucher

      Here is a post that explains more about it!


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