Category Archives: 2B – Workshop Teaching: Reading, Writing & Math K-12

Reading, Writing, & Math Workshop K-12 – Theory and Practice – May 2015

Good to see everyone on the last day of LCN!  We hope that you enjoyed this last session on further exploring the workshop structure of instruction in our classrooms.  We have truly enjoyed working with all of you and your authentic commitment to the conversation and learning over the year.

On this last day we focused on the aspect of formative and summative assessment and what that looks like in our classrooms.  This had us analyzing the Principles to Action Assessment handout that challenged our beliefs on what assessment could/should look like for us in our classrooms.  From here we highlighted what assessment might look like in the workshop structure.  This included looking at the basic framework documents as well as analyzing VandeWalle’s assessment handouts and then further conversation on how assessment truly fits in workshop structure for us in our current setting.

We ran out of time to actually view, but still referenced video examples showing workshop in action.  These videos can be used to reflect on how we could see, Common Core, Formative Assessment, and other workshop components in action in the workshop structure.

Math Workshop in Action
ELA Workshop in Action

Don’t forget you can the access the presentation at bit.ly/LCNMATHELA

Homework for next Session: Sign up for LCN for next year.  Here is a link to the sign up page –http://goog.gl/SCjGTy

Reading, Writing, & Math Workshop K-12 – Theory and Practice – February 2015

Our last meeting was full of fantastic conversation.  The opening 4 corner activity had some great conversation going on around “Workshop” instruction in our buildings and classrooms.

After that we quickly reviewed workshop structures and had a VERY brief overview of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) looking at the UDL Guidelines and main website for UDL information.

Then we dove headfirst into videos showing workshop in action and then reflecting on how we could see, Common Core, UDL, and other workshop components in action.
Math Workshop in Action
ELA Workshop in Action

Don’t forget you can the access the presentation at bit.ly/LCNMATHELA

Homework for next Session: Please come prepared to continue on how “workshop” is working in your classroom and read the following:

Math Sense – Chapter 3 p. 33-43
Not This But That: No More Independent Reading without Support – Section III

Reading, Writing, & Math Workshop K-12 – Theory and Practice – January 2015

Great to see everyone back in 2015.  Great discussion today around workshop and connecting that with the Common Core State Standards.

Great questions to help bring everyone to a higher level of understanding in workshop instruction.  We also had some in-depth conversation on connecting workshop instruction with the Gradual Release model.

Don’t forget you can the access the presentation at bit.ly/1w1sztr

A Visual of Workshop – Here is a video of what a workshop classroom could look like.  Try to find the Mini-Lesson, Student Work Time, and the Reflection.

Homework for next Session: Please come prepared to continue on how “workshop” is working in your classroom and read the following:

Math Sense – Chapter 3 p. 33-43
Not This But That: No More Independent Reading without Support – Section III

Reading, Writing, & Math Workshop K-12 – Theory and Practice

Thanks for joining our session and engaging in the conversation around workshop instruction in education.

It was great to see the representation of both K-5 and 6-12 educators in the group.  We will be sure to provide you with opportunities to collaborate with members from each subgroup as we move forward throughout the year.

This first session was really about getting a better understanding of what “workshop” instruction is for the educators in this group.  We will continue this conversation into our next meeting in November while also looking at how “workshop” fits in with the demands of the next generation standards in all subject areas.

Don’t forget you can the access the presentation at bit.ly/1mfAPIa
Venn Diagram around Science, Math, and ELA Connections – Click Here

Homework for next Session: Please come prepared to continue on how “workshop” is working in your classroom and read the following:

Math Sense – Chapter 1 – (pages 1,2);  Chapter 2 – Introduction (pages 5,6)
Not This But That: No More Independent Reading without Support – Section II