Math Workshop: Five Steps to Implementing Guided Math, Learning Stations, Reflection, and More by Jennifer Lempp


Successfully implement the transformational math workshop model of instruction through five accessible, manageable steps:

 Step 1: Understand Math Workshop

Step 2: Prepare Your Students for Math Workshop

Step 3: Decide Your Math Workshop Structure

Step 4: Facilitate Your Math Workshop

Step 5: Reflect on and Refine Your Math Workshop

 Educators are invited to embrace this resource as their own personal “instructional coach,” first exploring what the author refers to as “three buckets” that need to be in place for a highly successful math workshop:

Classroom Arrangement

Routines and Procedures

Mathematics Community

The resource then offers “Twenty Days to a Classroom Culture That Works,” which includes twenty minilessons that support the communication and practice of expectations surrounding the workshop model. From there, it explores three classroom-tested math workshop structures, providing practical ideas for routines, focus lessons, guided math groups, learning stations, and reflections so you can get started with math workshop in your classroom today.

Streaming Video Clips

The online video clips invite you inside K–5 classrooms for a seeing-is-believing look at math workshop in action. Seeing clips of actual teachers and students engaged in math workshop is the next best thing to observing the model in a classroom.


Templates, tools, and ideas are included and available in downloadable format

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Author Bio

Jennifer Lempp is a Coordinator in the Office of School Support in Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia. She has taught at both the elementary and middle school levels and served as math coach. In addition, Jennifer has facilitated professional development at the local, state, and national levels and is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescence Mathematics. She is currently enrolled in an Educational Leadership doctoral program at the University of Virginia and will earn her EdD in Administration and Supervision. Jennifer is a mother of three children: Mason, Claire, and Sophia. She enjoys biking, hiking, and kayaking with them and her husband on the weekends.

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