Good morning, friends! This week has been so bizarre-o and crazy. I don’t know how it happened, but somehow I’ve been acting like I’m in college again; staying up until 12:30 or 1:00am and then sleeping late. It is not my most favorite schedule, but I’m having a very hard time breaking the cycle.
You’re probably thinking by now that the only thing I know anything about is math. That’s only part true. 😉 Before I wrap up this series on the inverted workshop model in case you were interested in learning more about it. I’ll recommend 3 books to you that I’ve found helpful while implementing this in my own classroom.
This book is excellent! What I really like about this book is that it’s divided by topic, so if you’re looking for a good question to ask about measurement, for example, you can go to the measurement section and then within that section they’ll have grade-level band questions AND they even tell you what to look for in student responses. That was extremely helpful to me when I was first getting started and I wasn’t totally sure what to be looking for. This book is also really user friendly. It’s incredibly simple to just turn to the page you need, type the question up, and use it with your kids.
This book is much more dense, and I really like it, but I have to be honest–I use this book more in kind of a consultative way. It’s hardly ever the book I turn to first because there’s just more information in it and sometimes all you want is an idea for your next math workshop. =) But when I do take the time to read an entire chapter at a time I also find this book really useful and generally come away with at least one new idea that I’m ready to try out.
This book is super interesting; I actually got it at a math workshop that I attended this summer, so I haven’t read the entire thing yet, but it’s a really easy read and I find it really interesting. This book actually focuses more on the Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP) that come at the beginning of the Common Core and how to implement the SMP in your own classroom. Even thought it’s not directly about the inverted workshop there’s a clear connection between the two. Focusing on the SMP at the beginning of the year can help you implement a strong community of learners that will really embrace the inverted workshop.
That’s it for me today, friends. I am really starting to feel very nervous about back to school! Here in DC teachers go back on August 19th and kids start on August 26th. I feel like August 26th is going to be upon me in about 2 seconds I have SO MUCH to do before then, so I’m going to get to it. Enjoy your day! I’ll be back tomorrow or Friday with some more ideas to share. =)