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Workshop Model

The Workshop Model is designed to engage students in their own learning. Students are expected to think independently as they struggle to make sense of problems: collaborate, challenge, and discuss strategies and solutions with peers: and present their thinking and reasoning to the class. 

Opening (15-20% of class time)

  • Teacher is accessing prerequisite knowledge connected to the daily learning target.
  • Teacher is presenting daily learning target and new instruction to prepare students for work-time activity.
  • Teacher is giving directions

Work-time (45-50% of class time)

  • Solo time (struggle time) is critical to give students a chance to experience cognitive struggle before collaborating with the teacher or other students.
  • Partner and group time is for students to collaborate and discuss strategies for solving problems and interpreting solutions using academic vocabulary and the precise language of math.
  • Teacher is monitoring student progress, asking guiding questions, and preparing students for closing presentations

Closing (20-25% of class time)

  • Students present to share thinking and strategies used during work-time.
  • Students engage in presenter-class Q&A to extend thinking, compare strategies, clarify misconceptions of concepts

Wrap-up (3-5% of class time)

  • Teacher and students connect the work back to the daily learning target
  • Teacher and students clarify misconceptions connected to the daily learning target


In addition, the Structure of the Observed Learning Outcome (SOLO) is utilized to improve students’ understanding of the purpose of everything they do.