We’re a month into the new school year, and I took a spin around the building yesterday afternoon to snap some pictures of anchor charts that teachers have created to support math workshop. Please note that these anchor charts were created with students during mini-lessons. They were not created in isolation by teachers and then presented to the students. Thanks to all these #MREmathematicians who let me invade their spaces: @MissLopez2nd, @teachtran, @kteach82, @dismukesclass, @JulieKaeM, and mrvillatoro207!
The success of your math workshop depends on establishing expectations, routines, and procedures. Students must be taught the procedures and practice them, but that’s only the first step. You must be consistent in enforcing your routines and procedures. If you say that materials should be cleaned up and stored appropriately, then you must hold students accountable for that. I think that’s probably where math workshop derails most often. You can’t think that just because you taught your students the procedures during the first two weeks of school that they will remember them throughout the year!! Positive reinforcement and frequent reminders are powerful!
“I’m about to give the signal to clean up your workstation. Please remember what that looks like, mathematicians!”
“I love the way mathematicians Maria and Emalee are using a quiet voice to discuss their math work!”
“Mathematicians, remember to record your thinking in your math journal while you work today. I can’t wait to read your thinking!”
Enjoy this gallery of fabulous anchor charts. 🙂
Are you looking for resources for your math workshop? Check out my Workstation Task Cards for Numbers to 120!