__teaching math and I enjoy finding ways to differentiate learning for my students. Math is probably my favorite subject to teach, and I am constantly reflecting on ways to make our math block more meaningful. My first year teaching I did not use the workshop model for math. I’m embarrassed to say that for the first few months I used our “curriculum” and had a “math station” as part of our literacy rotations in the morning. I quickly realized that I was doing my students a disservice by teaching so much whole group instruction, and not having enough hands on learning opportunities. I knew something had to change. I did some research and learned about Debbie Dillers’ Math Work Stations book. This book was exactly what I needed to help me organize my thoughts about teaching math.__

**LOVE**If you are looking to start math workstations in your classroom, I highly recommend this book! It is a super-easy read and provides illustrations and examples to help you create the best version of math stations for your classroom.

**What is Math Workshop?**

**FRAMEWORK**that focuses on small group instruction and hands on stations that support mathematical thinking!

**What does this look like in the classroom?**

**1. Math Journals (5-7 mins.)**

Math journals are problem solving notebooks that encourage students to practice problem solving strategies and deepen their understanding of mathematical concepts. I use math journals on a daily basis to assess student learning.

**2. Mini Lesson (10-15 mins.)**

**3. Station Rotation (15-20 mins. each x 3 = 45-60 mins. total)****4.**

__Guided Math Groups (15-20 mins. group/45-60 mins. total)__

I like to think of math groups just like I think about reading groups. Students have an independent level and an instructional level. I like to warm my students up with some kind of fluency activity that is at their independent level. Next, we jump right into our learning target and get busy with the content that is at their instructional level. We use manipulatives like base ten blocks, counters, number lines, white boards, etc.

Seriously, you can’t go wrong if you make it hands on. Sometimes I’ll use a recording sheet/worksheet but not all of the time. There has to be a balance between teaching and assessing during this time too! I learn so much about my students by listening in while they problem solve.

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**Reflection (5 mins.)****FREE**in my teachers pay teachers store! 🙂