Math Workshop Protocols
- Make your math stack, neatly placing all math materials on your desk, including your group math folder.
- In your math teams, use the homework answer solutions to check your homework—the Review/Preview.
- Use your chapter assignment sheet to score your work, put your score on your sheet, and return your sheet to your group folder.
- Begin reading the day’s math lesson as your teacher checks in with each team to review homework.
- Keep your homework—the Review/Preview—as a resource, and you may revise your homework and turn it in the following day for increased points.
- Take notes during the math mini-lesson and ask any questions you have. Be brave.
- In your team, review the homework assignment to determine initial “stumpers.” Start with these problems while you have your teammates on hand.
Math Study Team Expectations
- You are expected to share your ideas and contribute to the team’s work.
- You are expected to ask your teammates questions and to offer help to your teammates.
- Questions can move your team’s thinking forward and help others to understand ideas more clearly.
- A team that functions well works on the same problem together and discusses the problem while working.
- One student in the team should not dominate the discussion or thinking process.
- Your team should stop regularly and verify that everyone in the team agrees with a suggestion or solution.
- Everyone in your team should be consulted before calling on the teacher to answer a question.
Math Study Team Guidelines
- No talking outside your team.
- Discuss questions with your team before calling the teacher over.
- Within your team, keep your conversation on math.
- Explain and justify your ideas; give statements and reasons.
- You must try to help anyone in your study team who asks.
- Helping your teammate does NOT mean giving answers. Help by giving hints and asking good questions.
- No one alone is as smart as all of us together. Do not leave anyone behind or let anyone work ahead. Your team is not done until everyone is done.
- Clear off tables or desks before getting to work so you can see everyone’s paper.
- You must use study team voices. This may mean you need to stand at your desk so you can see and hear other people’s explanations and ideas without raising voices.