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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tried It Tuesday {Math Workshop Board} and Teachers Help Teachers!!

Happy Tuesday! Before I get to Tried It Tuesday, I would like to tell you about my BBB, Nick, from Sweet Rhyme and Pure Reason. Nick and his wife have begun one of the best, most exciting journeys of their lives...a journey to adopt a child. It is their dream to be parents and they have put so much heart into making this dream a reality. Unfortunately, the cost associated with adoption is so high that a teacher's salary alone is not enough. That's where teacher bloggy friends come in! Many bloggers have put together a fall bundle of products geared for grades 3-5 where the profits will help Nick and his wife make their dream of becoming parents a reality! Check out this fall bundle here!
Many of these items were created new for this bundle and are not yet available in teacher's stores! Check them out...

So, that comes to about $1.30 per product in this bundle! What a steal!! AND you will be supporting a fellow teacher and his dream of becoming a dad! Win, Win!!

Now It's Time for Tried It Tuesday! 
What have you tried at school or home?
If you've never linked up with Tried It Tuesday, just link up any idea school or home related and what worked or didn't work. Simple! 
My Tried It:
Math Workshop Board
Knowing that I was making the switch to teaching 4th grade math departmentalized this year (three 80 minute blocks), I spent a good amount of time this summer reading about math workshop. I loved using Daily 5 for ELA in my classroom and knew that I wanted to use something similar for math.

I found some wonderful, inspiring posts by my amazing bloggy friends Tara at 4th Grade Frolics and Elizabeth at Fun in Room 4B. Elizabeth actually has a whole series of posts about math workshop in her room. It was overwhelming at first because their workshops seem to run so smoothly and I wasn't sure how it would work for me. I started about a month ago and could not be more thrilled!! I am loving it and so are the students! Two students just told me yesterday that math is their favorite subject and it used to be their least favorite!

One thing I thought might be overwhelming was changing the math workshop rotation board everyday with three different blocks of 80 minute math classes.
Here is my workshop rotation board:
Aren't they cute? This set is from 4th Grade Frolics TpT store and she has different colored sets available too. The groups are written for three different sections. I laminated all the pieces and write on them with dry erase markers so I can change groups if needed. I put the rotation cards on the board with push pins so that I could move them easily. However, I have found that I can just leave them as is and tell the students that today we are doing centers 1 & 2 (or whatever) and the next day do centers 3 & 4!  

I only have time for two centers a day. We start class with math meeting and then do a mini lesson usually or review something whole class. I will write more about that later. The students are great at the routine now and get to their centers quickly. Below the "Hands On", "Math Facts", and "At Your Seat", I just laminated white pieces of paper and write in dry erase marker what they will be working on. I blogged last time about how I am using Adapted Mind this year sometimes for "At Your Seat". I just added a calendar to the open space at the top. As much as I would like to keep all three math classes on the same centers each day, it's just not happening with assemblies or things in one class taking more time. So, I am writing on the calendar each day what centers each block completed (so I don't have to ask the class each day...I can never remember day to day!).
Time for you to link up! Have a great Halloween this week! Aren't you happy it is on a Friday? We carved these pumpkins last night (using the pre made designs) but I was pretty proud. :)


  1. I love your colorful and functional bulletin board as well as your giving spirit! I wish Nick all the best! :)

    Mrs. Spangler in the Middle

  2. I am new to math workshop this year too, and I am loving it so far! I'm thinking that my kids are too! Your board is quite impressive and I'm sure that you kiddos are having such a great time learning math. :) I'm excited to read more about your journey! Have a great week.
    Mrs. Bentin's Blackboard