While on vacation Jean left this comment to my blog.
"Cathy Mere (Reflect and Refine: Building A Learning Community) suggested that I ask you for a recommendation. I am looking for resources on creating a Math Workshop in my classroom. I have been doing Readers' and Writers' Workshop for several years. I want to stretch the format to Math. We use Saxon, but I want to restructure for the kind of learning I see in Reading and Writing. What books shall I read???"
Hands down, Jean I would use, read, borrow, collect books by the Math Solutions group which was all started by Marilyn Burns. I went to my bookshelf and found these four titles and didn't want to only represent one source. About Teaching Mathematics by Marilyn Burns is a great book to help grow a teacher's understanding about mathematics and has ideas for K-8. Another invaluable math resource is Teaching Student Centered Mathematics by the late John Van de Walle and comes in three different grade level bands. A new resource to me but one I am enjoying for the format of ideas and just filled with lessons is Hands On Standards by Learning Resources and available for specific grades. Now, back to Marilyn Burns and Math Solutions. She is the queen of teaching mathematics in a workshop format. Growing Mathematical Ideas is a series, one for grades K-4 and would be a great jumping point for a year of mathematics for any grade level. You can't go wrong with other books from this group either. They have some Math and Literature books, fiction and nonfiction with lesson ideas based on a book which helps a teacher feel like the are in the middle of literacy. I hope you have found these ideas helpful and enjoy your journey!
PS - I thought this was a great question for everyone with summer here to refresh our thinking.