Math Workshop
Math & Science Updates February 2016 Edition
Introduction to Math Workshop
Math Workshop is essentially a small group approach to teaching math. Although the format can be adjusted, it should consist of ongoing formative assessments, discussions, and reflections. The four key components for Math Workshop include:
1. A focused minilesson
2. Guided instruction
3. Collaborative practice
4. Independent practice
This edition provides more information on Math Workshop. Please view the links below to learn more about this innovative pedagogical strategy.
Strategies for Implementation of Math Workshop There are various ways to implement Math Workshop. The links below are videos, articles, and suggestions as to how to implement this strategy: Math Solutions provides a video of the implementation of a Math Workshop along with benefits and components. http://mathsolutions.com/nl48/mathworkshop.html Alice's Math Workshop this is a blog from a teacher who currently uses this methodology. The blog is set up with various links on how teachers can get started along with hints/ideas to enhance implementation. http://alicesmathworkshop.weebly.com/index.html Waltham Public Schools this is a document from a district in Massachusetts about various ways to implement Math Workshop in the classroom. http://www.walthampublicschools.org/Math/Implementing%20Math%20Workshop.pdf  Cognitively Guided Instruction incorporated into Math Workshop Although there are various ways to implement guided instruction in math workshop below describes a methodology that has been used since the 1990's with much success Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI): approach to teaching math that uses a student's mathematical thinking as the basis for instruction.
 Upcoming Professional Development Workshops Below are a list of workshops that could be helpful for implementing Math Workshop in your classroom:

Strategies for Implementation of Math Workshop
Math Solutions provides a video of the implementation of a Math Workshop along with benefits and components.
http://mathsolutions.com/nl48/mathworkshop.html
Alice's Math Workshop this is a blog from a teacher who currently uses this methodology. The blog is set up with various links on how teachers can get started along with hints/ideas to enhance implementation.
http://alicesmathworkshop.weebly.com/index.html
Waltham Public Schools this is a document from a district in Massachusetts about various ways to implement Math Workshop in the classroom.
http://www.walthampublicschools.org/Math/Implementing%20Math%20Workshop.pdf
Cognitively Guided Instruction incorporated into Math Workshop
Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI): approach to teaching math that uses a student's mathematical thinking as the basis for instruction.
 Research behind the theory: http://www.promisingpractices.net/program.asp?programid=114
 Sample problems: http://mbamp.ucsc.edu/cognitivelyguidedinstructionsampleproblems/
 Examples of CGI in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxoZtzS11t4
Upcoming Professional Development Workshops
 Rutgers University they offer workshops throughout the year to K5 teachers. Although they aren't specifically on Math Workshop, some of the content/topics are applicable this website is updated monthly. http://dimacs.rutgers.edu/gradesK5workshops/
 Greg Tang Math he is a wonderful educator who incorporates literacy and technology. Many teachers who use Math Workshop implement his suggestions. He provides PD workshops throughout the year there are some being offered in NY in the spring/fall. http://gregtangmath.com/workshops
 Drexel Universitysimilar to Rutgers, Drexel offers workshops throughout the year to K5 teachers. Again, these might not be on Math Workshop but the content is applicable. http://mathforum.org/pd/