District 41 is known for high academic achievement, a strong sense of community and active family involvement. We value what we have in common, learn from our differences and honor diversity in language, culture, and ability. We serve about 3,600 children from Pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade in four elementary schools and one junior high.
Elements of a Math Workshop Model
The Math Workshop can be structured in a variety of ways, but it is built on the cornerstones of best practices in Math Instruction:
Meeting the needs of our students with flexible grouping
Formative assessments to help plan for small group instruction
Over the past decade, the workshop model has been shown to be one of the most effective differentiated instructional models. District 41 has used the workshop model in literacy since 2007. Using workshop in all content areas ensures that each student is highly engaged, the learning is differentiated, and students are working on "just right" materials as well as materials that will stretch their thinking. Workshop is a rigorous yet affirming educational model that can be outlined as follows:
Mini-lessons are used to model skills or strategies.
Students practice the skill or strategy together with the teacher.
Students break into groups based on similar needs; the teacher works with each group in guided instruction.
Students work independently or collaboratively to develop the skill or strategy, share their work with the class, and engage in class-wide discussion.