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1st Edition

Math Workshop in Action
Strategies for Grades K-5

ISBN 9781138785878
Published July 21, 2015 by Routledge
172 Pages

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Book Description

Find out how Math Workshops engage students and increase learning. This practical book from bestselling author Dr. Nicki Newton explains why Math Workshops are effective and gives you step-by-step instructions for implementing and managing your own workshop.

You’ll find out how to...

  • create a math-rich environment;
  • use anchor charts effectively;
  • manage the workshop;
  • begin a workshop with activities;
  • lead whole-group mini-lessons;
  • make workstations meaningful and engaging;
  • create guided math groups;
  • implement "the Share" effectively; and
  • ensure balanced assessments.

Each chapter offers a variety of charts and tools that you can use in the classroom immediately, as well as reflection questions and key points. The book also features a handy Quick-Start Guide to help you as you implement your own workshop.

Table of Contents

Meet the Author


Chapter 1: Creating a Community of Learners in a Math Rich Classroom

Chapter 2: Living and Learning in a Mathematically Rich Space

Chapter 3: Managing the Workshop

Chapter 4: The Opening (Part I)

Chapter 5: The Opening (Part II): Mini-Lessons

Chapter 6: Math Workstations: Meaningful Engagement

Chapter 7: Guided Math Groups

Chapter 8: The Share

Chapter 9: Balanced Assessment

Chapter 10: Action Planning

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Dr. Nicki Newton has been an educator for 27 years, working both nationally and internationally, with students of all ages. She has worked on developing Math Workshop and Guided Math Institutes around the country. She is also an avid blogger (www .guidedmath and Pinterest pinner (


"Dr. Nicki Newton has provided a roadmap for teachers seeking to implement a workshop model for mathematics. Packed with practical strategies, clear explanations, and excellent examples, this book is a must-have resource for any teacher trying to make the most of every minute of their instructional time."

-Alison Mello, Math Consultant and K-8 Math Curriculum Director, Foxborough Public Schools, MA

"Math Workshop in Action shows how teachers can engage students in mathematics in a meaningful, rich way. The book provides practical guidance in initiating, supporting, and sustaining a true math workshop in the classroom where content and pedagogy are valued by all, success is fostered, and individual needs are met. At the end of each chapter, guiding questions offer opportunities for reflection and planing next steps. These questions are an invaluable tool for teachers and administrators embarking on or expanding their journey in utilizing the workshop model."

--Marissa Sciremammano, Director of Mathematics K-12, Farmingdale School District, NY