Kathy Richardson and Math Workshop
11012014, 04:07 PM


Hello!
I am new to teaching first grade and I am struggling to find meaningful independent Math work for my students. Workbook pages aren't working for most the class (hard to read/complete for my lower kids, too easy for my higher kids), plus I don't think workbook pages are the best ways to build numeracy skills and number sense in young children. I am looking for hands on, differentiated, and independent!
I have started reading lots on the topic of Math Workshops Math Stations by Debbie Diller, Math Exchanges, Guided Math, etc, and then finally found Kathy Richardson's books on Developing Number Concepts. I read Book 1 and 2 and am loving it! I love the idea of having Math Workshop mirror Reading Workshop lesson, independent work, partner work, share. It makes sense to set kids up with individual math boxes full of materials for them to use to complete the independent activities Richardson describes, and then switch to partner games or problem solving. While kids are working, you can pull small groups.
My question is this Have any k2 teachers tried something similar, with students working on Kathy Richardson's activities independently? Is the upkeep manageable? What's the noise level like? Do students stay engaged and on task? Are you actually able to pull small groups? Any insight would be much appreciated!
