Capstone/Dissertation Title

Transferring the readers-writers workshop model to a primary math curriculum

Term

2011

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAT

Abstract

The research question addressed in this project is, how can the readers-writers workshop format be used to create a kindergarten math resource guide? This math resource guide would supplement the current math curriculum being used. The author acknowledges her own dislike for math as having a key influence on creating a math curriculum that combines best practices from her literacy instruction and research-based math strategies. This capstone addresses the ineffectiveness of current math instruction, such as using drill practice and memorization and focuses on four teaching methods proven to increase math ability: using manipulatives, reflection, choice, and problem solving. The author developed a kindergarten Math Workshop Curriculum Guide that includes 31 lessons. Each lesson has a suggested read aloud, teacher talking points for the mini lesson being taught, suggestions for what students and teacher should do during the work time, and materials needed to complete the lesson.

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