Math Workshop and basal?

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    Anyone try math workshop and the Scott Foresman Addison Wesley Mathematics basal? I know some of you are sick of my questions like this!
     
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    I use the Scott Foresman Addison Wesley Mathematics basal and do math workshop. I normally take the topic and teach it during small groups. It works really well for me. I also have thought about using the diagnostic tests to start grouping my students for each unit.
     
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    Do you do a mini-lesson first? We got a smartboard last year, and that radically changed the way I taught math - and the kids loved it, but I still want to go more towards a "workshop" model. Any suggestions? I'd love to a generic schedule of your math period. We have 6o minutes total for math. Thanks!
     
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    I am currently working on a my schedule for next year. It will be
    10-15 min minilesson
    20 min small group
    20 min small group
    10 min individual conferences

    I only have 10 students this year so I will only be doing two small groups a day. In the past I had 3 groups. My low group would always get 20 minutes but my medium and high group might only get 15 minutes a day. Just depended on my schedule each day.

    I just got a smartboard as well in the middle of the year last year. I plan to use the smartboard for my minilesson and I also use the smartboard as one of my workstations while I am meeting with a group.

    I have learned that I have to supplement addition and subtraction fact practice with the scotts foresman addison wesley basal. So I would always have a fact practice workstation as well.

    How long have you been using the SFAW basal?
     
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    This will be my third year. I've never been "trained" in all aspects of the program - I'm sure there are things I would love to use, but all I know is the "textbook" (workbook) and homework book. I use many, many fact practice sheets - I don't think the "book" concentrates on them enough!
     
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    Me either!! It teaches the skills needed but not near enough practice.

    Do you use the homework book as homework or for practice during the day?
     
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    I send pages home each week for practice - along with other pages as necessary. I must admit, I'm a bit of a "homework" over-doer. I don't grade my kids on each homework assignment, but I send a pretty hefty weekly packet home, and they are graded on whether or not they honestly attempted to complete the work, and whether it was on time - I count it as a conduct grade. A bit off-topic, I know, lol.
     

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