One way that is suggested to make a numerate rich environment is to have students do a lot of math talking (or writing). She gives some great thinking prompts:
- Convince us you are right.
- Who agrees? Who disagrees?
- What strategy did you use?
I love all of the ones she suggests! They are so important for students to really think about their math.
The rest of the chapter discusses the elements of math workshop. Most of it is the same as reader's and writer's workshop (mini-lesson, centers/guided math groups with the teacher, and a sharing or close to the workshop).
But, one part was different from the other workshops. She suggests doing calendar time or number/problem of the day time at the beginning of every math workshop. I think almost everyone does calendar in the early primary grades (it's a must for all kinder teachers), but what about the older students? I began using a number of the day last year, so I was really excited to see that it was suggested as a strategy!
Next up is managing the workshop!