Using The Workshop Model in Math

Math Matters

As a Math Coach working in a district where a “workshop model” is used in both Reading and Writing, I am often asked what a “workshop” might look like in Math.  I recently read a wonderful book titled From Reading to Math: How Best Practices in Literacy Can Make You a Better Math Teacher (Grades K-5) by Maggie Siena. Siena draws upon the assumption that math can be considered another type of literacy in which decoding, fluency, and vocabulary are vitally important. Elementary teachers, more often than not, consider themselves to be much better teachers of reading and writing than of math. What Siena helps to do is draw the parallels between the way we teach reading and writing and the way we teach math, and allow teachers to see how their strengths can carry over from one subject to another.

In order to help the teachers I work with…

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About barbarawmadden

I began teaching in 1981, but after a few years decided staying home with my children was what was best for my family. After almost 20 years raising four children, I returned to the classroom in 2005.

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