Sunday, September 25, 2011

Math Exchanges Blog Tour: Stop by October 5th

"Envision a workshop as a space for learning in which learners become leaders."  Kassia Wedekind p. 15 

Transitioning to Math Workshop
I first began using a workshop when I started building a Writer's Workshop after reading Nancy Atwell's, In the Middle.  In later years, I used this framework to transition our reading instruction into a Reader's Workshop to give young readers opportunities to not only read, but to develop their reading lives.  It wasn't long until I started to notice the disconnect between my literacy instruction and the way we were learning math.  The math instruction in my classroom did not reflect what I felt was important for young learners.

Math Exchanges
For the last few years I have been trying to move toward using a math workshop to structure our math learning.  This transition hasn't been easy.  For some reason it is always a challenge for me to take what I know about literacy and use it to think about math.  Obviously, I was quite excited when I heard Kassia Omohundro Wedekind was writing a book to talk about those small group learning opportunities in math; perfect for thinking about those small group conversations during our math workshop.

The Blog Tour 
On October 5th this blog will host a stop on the blog tour for Kassia Omohundro Wedekind's new book Math Exchanges.  
Kassia (@kassiaowedekind) and I have been having conversations about learning on Twitter for quite some time.  I've enjoyed reading her blog.  I've already learned so much from Kassia so I'm quite thrilled to be a stop on her Stenhouse blog tour the first week of OctoberI'm looking forward to talking with her about her new book --- and learning more about making math workshop a place where learners become leaders.

Win a Copy
Stop by October 5th and leave a comment.   One lucky commenter will win a copy of Kassia's new book.  Well worth the stop!


  1. I too have been thinking about a Math Workshop type setting bit have no clue where tobegin. I'm looking forward to seeing Kassia's book.

  2. Our school is deep in the work of implementing reading and writing workshop and I am seeing fantastic results. I too have wondered how it all applies to math. I have read the book preview on line and was so struck by the idea that just as we teach the reader not the reading and the writer not the writing, we should also teach the mathematician, not the math. When I read that it began to click and I can say that this book has already had a positive impact on my class this year. Our math specialist ordered a copy and is coaching me on math exchanges. Hopefully it will resonate with other teachers at my school as well. A fabulous and smart book. Thanks for the chance to win my own copy and for your always thoughtful blog posts!

  3. Thanks for hosting Math Exchanges, Cathy! I'm looking forward to chatting with your readers about the book and their ideas.