Planning Math Workshop

Planning math workshop involves three key components: identifying year-long trajectories, mapping monthly units of study, and developing daily focus lessons. Visit Planning Math Workshop to find trajectories, templates, and sample units and focus lessons. 
WACHUSETT REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT     Holden-Paxton-Princeton-Rutland-Sterling
What is Math Workshop?

Math Workshop (MW) is a comprehensive, customized approach that addresses the needs of all students in a classroom. MW begins with a focus lesson where the teacher explicitly models a strategy or skill, or presents a provocation. After the focus lesson, the students investigate independently to practice the strategy or skill, or develop a solution to the provocation. 

During independent problem solving, students use the focus skills and strategies to solve the proposed provocation or further develop focus lesson skills/strategies through math games, individual investigations, centers, and small-group or 1:1 instruction. One-to-one conferring allows the teacher to be sure students are successful in their application of skills/strategies or to provide targeted instruction around any particular needs.  

Finally, MW ends with a group share to expose mathematical thinking and guide discussion on "big ideas" and strategies.
Structure of Math Workshop
Focus Lesson
5-15 minutes
  • Whole-group instruction
  • Use EM guide and other resources
  • Anchor charts
  • Provocation/investigation posed
  • Think aloud
Independent Problem Solving
30-40 minutes
  • Small-group instruction
  • Conferring
  • Independent/small-group math games, investigations, centers, assessment
  • Computational fluency/differentiated practice
  • Math Notebooks
Group Share
15-25 minutes
  • Expose math thinking
  • Add to/develop anchor charts
  • Discussion of "big ideas"
  • Synthesis of new understandings
Feature Film: Small-Group Instruction in Math Workshop
Feature Film: Tier II Math Instruction for Math Workshop
Find out about small-group instruction and conferring in Math Workshop!
WRSD walls are talking! Find ideas for Math Workshop anchor charts!