Sunday, January 22, 2012

Guided Math Workshop & Differentiation

This past week I started math workshop in my classroom. We spent the first couple of days discussing workshop. For each center I introduced and explained what would happen there, the class created a we will/we won't list, and then we practiced. Below is the chart we created.
I split my class into 4 groups and I have 4 centers, so every student will go to every center everyday. The centers I have are:

-Guided Math: Students have small group math with me.

-Independent Practice: Students do independent worksheet/workbook work about 3 days a week, when the students finish their work (and on the other 2 days) students will work on write and wipe mats (pictured below)
I got these from the $1 aisle from Target over the summer. I also plan on putting worksheets into plastic sleeves (16 for $1 at Dollar Tree) for students to use as write and wipe assignments when they finish work at this station early.

-Computer/Promethean: I have 4 computers in my classroom and 7-8 students per group. When students get to this station they will split. Half of the students will go to xtramath and Symbaloo on the computer while the others play games or work with flipcharts on the Promethean.

-Games: One game we played last week was flashcard war. This game is played just like regular war but students must first figure out the answer to the problem on their flashcard. Some groups played this game with subtraction cards while other groups played with time, money, or multiplication flashcards.

How I Differentiate at Every Station

-Guided Math: My lessons are geared to student ability level. My four groups consist of below grade level, on grade level (split into two groups because I typically have the most students in this group), and above grade level. I pre-assess at the beginning of every new unit and regroup the students into either the Lions, Tigers, Sharks, or Bears. When I regroup the students I also change the level of every group. For example, if Bears were the below grade level group for the last unit, they will be the above grade level group for this unit. This is just so I can move my students freely without them considering any group the high or low group. I have several students who can get really frustrated if they aren't always in the high group or embarrased if the class knows they are always in the low group.

-Independent Practice: Each group has a color-coded basket. They know to find their work in their basket. This way I can make sure each group is practicing work on their level.

-Computer: The students must always start off the station with xtra math which is a free site that pre-assesses and progresses along with each student's ability level.

-Games: Each group has a color-coded basket. They find their game in their specific basket. If I want two groups to have the same game then I stack the two basket and put the materials inside. They know that if the bins are stacked then the materials are for both groups.


-Students have 15 minutes at every station and rotate counter clockwise when I ring my bell.
-Students start at the same center every day. This way, students only need to remember where they start and then just rotate through the centers.
-The below grade level group will always start with me and then rotate to the independent practice station.
-The above grade level group will always start with independent practice.

Below is our management board.


Mary P. said...

You are inspiring me! I have had something like this in the back of my mind for awhile, but haven't made the plunge. Think I might start this week.

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Randi said...

This is an awesome post full of great info. Thanks so much! I am your newest follower. I love the quote on your blog header, it's my favorite!

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Deona Ward said...

Very cool! I would like to try something like that soon. Thanks for posting your ideas. I am interested to know how it goes and the different things you learn along the way. :)

Mrs. S. said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing. I have something like this on paper, but it's not fully operational. Like Mary, I think I'll start this week!


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Gina said...

I LOVE how you run Math Workshop. I'm a new teacher and have been looking for ways to implement it into my classroom. Thanks to your blog I now have some great ideas!!

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4321teach said...

Reading your post it matches very similarly to my Guided Math model. I have only 3 groups. Like you I rotate starting with my lowest. I have paper "skill practice" and paper "fact practice," instead of wipe off copies. I LOVE the flashcard war. I will definitely use that.


Jennifer Gibson said...

Thanks for sharing! I am definitely planning to take the workshop plunge soon, and now I have some great ideas of things to try! Thanks so much for sharing. Looking forward to hearing how it goes...

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Lisa at Stories From Second said...

Thanks so much for sharing! I've been wanting to start math workshop for a while, and I got so many great ideas!
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Alyce said...

Thanks for posting and linking up. I am gathering information about math workshop so I can do that in my class. This was super helpful.

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abby said...

Thanks for linking up!