However, being the control freak that I must be, I don't want to wait until I'm told I HAVE TO do math workshop to figure it out, so on Monday, I am beginning my Math Unit 8 trying my own version of math workshop.
Here are my current lesson plans for next week. The students will be grouped according to their performance on the pretest. Group 1 will be the kids who require more support while Group 2 will be more independent functioning. The groups will be dynamic as I look at the pretest results. Some days a student may be in Group 1 while on another skill he may fall into Group 2. The items in red mean that they will have my support during this time. The items in black will be asked to work/play more independently while I am working with the others. Some days Group 1 will have me almost completely to themselves...
We will start most days with a short group activity and end them with a quick recap. I have about an hour (give or take) each day for math, and most days are split by a special in the middle of the math block.
What do you think? Am I on the right track? I am anxious to get started and see what happens. Do any of you use math workshop? I will do a follow-up in a week or two to let you know how it is going. I would welcome your comments and ideas!