"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.
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 October. I'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!