This week chapter 6 focused on math workshops- what they are and how to run them effectively.
I wasn't quite sure what a "math workshop" was, so I was intrigued to get started on this chapter. What I found was a pleasant surprise-- I've been doing "math workshops" all along! As a matter of fact, math workshop activities are the primary focus of my TPT store!
A math workshop is a set of activities that encourage students to take ownership of their learning. This isn't teacher directed! Laney Sammons lists quite a few activities that fit perfectly with math workshops:
- review previously mastered concepts
- fact fluency
- games that reinforce concepts
- problem solving practice
- investigating mathematical concepts
-writing in math journals
- computer related work
- math related activities intertwined with other subjects
- completing work independently from small group instruction
Just about everything I've created in my TPT store falls under one of these categories! I've chosen a few to highlight-- all with extended samples, of course!
Math workshops are an excellent time to practice fluency! Often, these games can be repeated over and over and become a classroom favorite. I've created an entire year's worth of themed Triangles for addition/subtraction and multiplication/division. To play, just hide one of the numbers with your thumb. Your partner should add/subtract or multiply/divide to find the number that's hidden!