7 Reasons to Use Math Workshop in Middle School

Math Workshop in Middle School

As challenging as it must be to incorporate our mathematical standards in each year, it is just as challenging to meet the needs of a classroom full of learners. The goal is clear each year, we must teach the standards and show growth but the pathway to get from Point A to Point B is … Read more

Planning Middle School Math Workshop Stations (and Upper Elementary too)

How Do I Work Smarter and Not Harder when it comes to something that involves a lot of planning and organization, like middle school math workshop, is what you may be asking me right about now. Well my friend, I’m here to tell you that it can be done. You can do this, I promise. … Read more

Differentiating Small Groups for Guided Math

Differentiating Small Groups

For me, Guided Math wasn’t a specific station but rather I pulled from the stations to work with a separate group. This allowed me to constantly differentiate my Guided Math Groups without changing my Math Workshop Rotation Board. I’m all about working smarter and not harder and this truly helped. The tip for this is to pull … Read more

Setting Up Your Small Groups for Math Workshop

Setting Up Small Groups

Setting up your small groups for math workshop involves a little bit of work. While there is no right or wrong way to group your students for small groups (also known as Guided Math), below is what I have done based on research and personal use in my classroom over the course of several years … Read more

Managing Students Work while Working with a Small Group

Managing Students While in Small Groups

One of the biggest struggles I hear from teachers is managing students while they are working with small groups. How can I make sure that they are on task when I am working with others? For the most part this comes back to setting up those clear rules and expectations in the beginning when you … Read more

Organizing for Math Workshop

Organizing for Math Workshop

If you have been around my blog for awhile, or followed me on social media, you know that finding ways to interact and engage with my students that meet their learning styles was always the priority. While that began with all of my work with Interactive Notebooks (which is still a passion), I quickly learned … Read more

What is Math Workshop?

What is Math Workshop?

What is Math Workshop? Math Workshop is one of the key ingredients in a Guided Math block in your math classes. Math Workshop allows for you to facilitate independent and individualized learning in a small group setting. While you are working with a small group for Guided Math, or facilitating math conferences 1-on-1, the other … Read more

What is Response to Intervention (RTI)?

As a new (or even seasoned ) teacher, you may be struggling with the aspects of what is Response to Intervention (RTI). What does it mean for you as a teacher and what does it mean in your classroom? I'm here to help you understand some basic components as well as link you to a FREEBIE that you can implement in your classroom from Day One (or whenever you need to start).

Our role as Educators is to ensure all students learn and are successful. In a perfect world, this would be easy. We teach our class a skill or topic and all of those smiling faces are able to comprehend and apply it to their daily lives. However, we don’t live in a perfect world, and … Read more

Selecting Tools to Solve Problems

Are you looking for ways to help your students choose the right "tool" to solve problems in your classroom? Having an arsenal of different tools and strategies is important when students are problem solving and I'm here to help you build just that.

In the newly adopted Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standard 1c for each grade level states, “The student is expected to select tools, including real objects, manipulatives, paper and pencil, and technology as appropriate, and techniques, including mental math, estimation, and number sense as appropriate, to solve problems.” And this standard is stated in the Common Core … Read more