Reflection: Classroom Setup Math Norms: Setting the Stage for Math Workshops! - Section 4: The Elevator Speech


It is really important to me that my students not only know my expectations, they are part of the process. Students at this age, no matter how they fight it, need structure. The most important part is consistent review and structure. If you make a rule, stick with it. If you need to change it, change it but explain why you are doing it.

If you give student ownership they will buy in, if you just tell them they need to do something they will always fight it!

The workshop model is great, it keep students engaged and moving, which is great for 5th graders. It will not work for all lessons and there are some days that I need to use direct instruction to teach everyone at once. What I like about the workshop model is that I can differentiate groups. I can meet with less with my independent students, because they are successful with whatever concept or topic we're currently working on.  I give them problems that challenge them to go deeper. My strugglers I meet with more and support them with scaffolding.

The Math Workshop culture takes time to set up and establish, so be patient. Most students have never been given this type of 'freedom' so it can be a bumpy start. It will work!

  Classroom Setup: Expectations
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Math Norms: Setting the Stage for Math Workshops!

Unit 1: Working with Whole Numbers
Lesson 2 of 10

Objective: Students will be able to recall place value for numbers up to 100,000 and learn the expectation of entering the classroom and getting right to work with Math Blast.

Big Idea: It is important to begin the year by setting expectations. In this lesson we do this, as well as check in on that critical place value understanding!

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