Educational Toys

Math Workshop: Laying the Groundwork for Differentiation in your Math Classroom

Workshop Series



January 24, January 31, and February 7, 

School Teacher


5:30 pm - 6:45 pm Central Time

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Session Occurs on Zoom





Recorded Access Until March 31, 2023

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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. 


Shelly Daun and Amanda Ironside have 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 and Shelly 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

Amanda Ironside

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.


Shelly Daun

Shelly Daun has over 25 years of professional experience in public education. Currently, she is the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for the Menasha Joint School District located in Wisconsin. She has been an instructional leader and administrator for most of her career in education focusing on systems change and school-wide reform.  She has worked in large suburban and high poverty school districts in Northeast Wisconsin.


Shelly has led school districts in district level and school improvement utilizing a systems approach to school improvement.  All with a curriculum design that focuses on analyzing student data, developing standards and assessments, implementing research-based instructional pedagogy, honoring student equity, leadership development, and creating sustainability action plans.  She has had success with developing and implementing school reform and improvement plans when schools are identified as needing improvement at the state level. Shelly is well versed in standards, assessment, K-12 literacy and mathematics instruction, equitable multi-level systems of support for students, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirements, and leadership development.

Session Details

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Session 1

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.

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Session 3

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.

Young Students

Session 2

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.