Do you Have Procedures for Your Math Workshop?
As I mentioned before, specific procedures are critical to a successful classroom. Each time of the day has different procedures, for example, math workshop time. Do students know what to do when they gather on the carpet, what to do with manipulatives, how to work in cooperative groups, how to speak during their work time, and what to do when they need help? If students are given norms in these areas, then the teacher’s time is maximized for instructional purposes instead of behavior management. Below is another photo from the classroom I visited for a lesson study. I like how this teacher’s expectations are clear for carpet time in this poster.