I am sharing the book I am currently reading: Math Exchanges: Guiding Young Mathematicians in Small Group Meetings. So far, I absolutely love it! It is all about running math workshop.
Kassia (the author) makes some wonderful points about how math can be taught very similarly to reader's workshop. We recognize the value of the workshop model for reading, but we often don't translate that into math.
Kassia really focuses on getting her students to use strategies and persevere through problem solving. She believes the teacher should be more of a facilitator, and I definitely agree. She really focuses on mathematics as a way of understanding the world, not just a way to get "the right answer."
All of her lessons are standards based and begin with a whole group lesson. Then, students work in centers, or make choices (similar to the Daily 5) and work together to problem solve, while she pulls small groups. All of these activities are based upon the particular standard of the whole group lesson. When she introduces the lesson, she focuses on a "mathematician statement," which I absolutely love. They focus on what mathematicians do.
Something else I really love about her approach is the way she groups students. She doesn't necessarily group students by ability in her small groups. When they work with her, she wants her students to share a variety of strategies. For this reason, she groups a variety of ability levels. Then, they are able to learn from each other, while she simply facilitates. It sounds like it works very well for her.
I am really looking forward to reading more of this great book. I would highly recommend you check it out! Also, we are discussing the book Monday nights at 8 pm EST, if you are interested. Already, we have shared some great math workshop resources. Click here to join!