Here are a few things that I've been up to in addition to being swamped.
First: I got a "new-to-me" Miata convertible. I had one 17 years ago but when I got pregnant with this beauty with me, I had to get rid of it. Now, I have one again!
Then, this past weekend...I had another adventure:
Check out his ending. He is truly so thankful for his fans and it shows. I love that about him.
How genuine. Loved it!
Now, on to the reason for being back. I'm back with another installment of the Math Workshop Monday Series.
This week's focus will be on the third rotation:
During teacher time, I am teaching my small groups. I've changed this a bit over time, too. I feel like I say that with every post, but it's so true. I think that each year/month/week/day, I'm learning something new and changing yet something else. That's what I love about teaching. Each day is a new day and I can strive to make math workshop work better every day.
Last year, I taught the lesson that the students would be working on during "At Your Seat" the following day. This worked for my groups last year, but didn't for my groups this year. This year, I teach a brief review of what they are working on during "At Your Seat", but I'm starting to teach a review skill with each group, too. I am so excited that I'm starting to do this now. To me, this is what small group instruction should be. I should be focusing on the needs of each student/group. True differentiated instruction!
I use the Math Moves Daily Spiral Review assessments to guide what I teach in my small groups.
Does this happen every day? No. Sometimes the skill that we are covering (and then reviewed during "At Your Seat") is more difficult and takes up the entire small group time. When I do have time to throw in an added mini-lesson, I squeeze it in! Every second counts!
How do you organize Math Workshop? I'd love to hear and learn from you! Email me or comment below :)