Learner FIRST Math Center
Math Workshop: Laying the Groundwork for Differentiation in your Math Classroom
August 3, 9, and 10, 2021
August 3, 9, and 10, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Central
All Sessions Take Place on Zoom
Optional Add-on: Implementation coaching, $149/person
As teachers, we strive to help our students meet their maximum potential for learning. However, the learner diversity within classrooms can provide unique challenges that are difficult to meet within a traditional lesson structure. Math workshop is a flexible instructional format that allows teachers to meet the diverse needs of students in their classroom. Instruction using a workshop model provides a purposefully planned integration of whole group, small group and individualized learning opportunities that results in deep conceptual understanding. Lessons are focused on small group instruction that is student-centered, promotes student engagement and maximizes learning. Individualized attention towards students boosts confidence and provides an environment where students feel comfortable with risk-taking, asking questions and receiving feedback to their learning.
Amanda Ironside has many years of experience working with teachers to successfully meet the diverse mathematical needs of their students by providing teachers with increased knowledge of how students learn math and what teachers can do to move their students along a continuum of deeper understanding. During this series, Amanda will provide teachers with the how-to’s for a math workshop model, as well as an exploration into workshop structures and classroom organization in order to meet the needs of the diverse learners in their math classrooms.
Amanda Ironside has 20 years of experience in public education in which she has enjoyed working as an elementary teacher, math interventionist, gifted & talented teacher and instructional coach. Currently, she is the Gifted & Talented Coordinator for the Menasha Joint School District located in Wisconsin. Amanda is an instructional leader, focusing on curriculum development and enhancing educational pedagogy in order to meet the diverse needs of all students.
Amanda has extensive experience coaching and collaborating with teachers and students so that their unique academic and instructional needs are met through extensions and support when appropriate. Through coaching and collaborating, she shares research-based strategies and aids in developing instructional plans based on best practice. She is an innovator in her district, providing professional development in multiple disciplines and at all grade levels.
The "What" of Math Workshop
In this session, participants will learn about the culture and environment of a math workshop classroom. Teachers will learn about the structure and routine of the workshop model and how it provides predictability and organization to the math classroom.
The "How" of Math Workshop
The next session will focus on the “how” -- how to purposefully plan for whole and small group instruction with flexible grouping strategies and tools for individualized learning. Teachers will explore routines and expectations needed for implementation along with ideas for commonly asked questions and occurrences.
The "Why" of Math Workshop
In this session, participants will learn why the workshop model promotes a high level of student engagement. Teachers will understand the importance of creating self-guided learners and risk-takers, along with why small group instruction increases student achievement.