Math Workshop Tips: Go Slow to Go Fast

by Jennifer Lempp, March 22nd, 2018

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Jennifer Lempp, author of Math Workshop: Five Steps to Implementing Guided Math, Learning Stations, Reflection, and More, shares her tips for implementing math workshop in the classroom in her Math Workshop Tips blog series.

Throughout my years of teaching and coaching, the message “Go Slow to Go Fast!” has become my mantra. As excited as you may be about getting started in using math workshop, I caution you to take it slowly. Start today, but don’t change everything all at once. If you do and something fails, you won’t know what piece of the change is causing the struggle. In the beginning of the school year we spend so much time on establishing systems and routines for turning in work, going to the restroom, walking to the cafeteria, reacting to a fire drill, and more. Being proactive and spending time on these routines makes the rest of the year go more smoothly. Establishing your system for learning mathematics should be no different. In order to successfully implement math workshop, make sure you’ve created a strong system of routines and procedures as well as developed a classroom community.

 

Learn more about Math Workshop and see Jennifer Lempp speak in person at NCSM and NCTM this April in Washington, DC.

 

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