Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in many professional development sessions. One such session that stands out in my mind was renowned reading and writing expert Lucy Calkins, who was hosted by my district. She spoke to the principals,...

Here’s the scenario: You decided on your math workshop routines, you taught your procedures and expectations, and you feel like you’re in full swing. Now… While your kiddos are working, take a minute to be an objective observer (or even better, ask...

In Kindergarten, our kiddos learn their “Friends of Ten”. In other words, they learn all the combinations that make ten (ex., 2 + 8, 3 + 7, etc.). In 1st grade, as students begin learning their basic addition facts, they apply that knowledge in a strategy...

The first question I am often asked related to Math Workshop is How do I hold the students accountable? I’m going to be brutally honest: holding your students accountable for the work they do in their workstations can make or break the success of a guided math...

As students spend increasingly more time engaged in independent math workshop tasks, it’s essential that we align those tasks to our content standards and math process standards. This post is the second in a series of three. Check out the first post here, and...

Whether you are just getting started with a workshop approach to math or you have already implemented your own version, I have some tips for structuring math workshop to maximize the benefits. This post is the first in a series of three, so stay tuned for more! This...