I’ve ben doing Math Stations sort of hit and miss over the years, because I was doing so may other things in math. But this year I decided to focus on Math Work Stations and boy did it ever pay off. I felt like my students had more hands on time with the concepts we were studying.
Chapter One: What is a Math Work Station
In terms of her checklist in Chapter 1 here’s how I fair.
1. I do demonstrate the game before I place it in a station.
2. But I am guilty of changing my materials weekly(the games still have the same concept), but I will do better with this next school year.
3. This year we did go to stations 99.9999% of the time. My students begged to go each day.
4. I can say with a big fat no my materials weren’t differentiated, something I’m definitely working on this summer.
5. But I definitely met with small groups during math station time, it was usually the strugglers who were having a harder time understanding the concept.
Chapter Two: Organization
This is my fourth year back in the classroom after leaving to become trained as a Reading Recovery teacher, so each year I’m building up my repertoire of organization skills. I’m still in the process of purging.
This year I stored station activities for the week in plastic baskets.
Here is a picture of my storage of math materials like dice and counters. This year I’m working on getting more use out of the nine drawers.
But, I like how Mrs. Wills has hers (dice, game pieces) stored in smaller containers, verses taking up big drawers which could be used to store other items.
This year during Math Station time I had four stations going plus the Promethean board( I plan on doing the same thing next year).
We rotated to one work station per day. I’ve created some generic station basket signs (you could use them however you like). I also included a mini size for your organization board. I didn’t name them, because I figured that would give you more flexibility, but I did include four blank signs so if you wanted to name them you could. I also included both Promethean and Smart Board signs.
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Math Work Station Storage Signs:
If you’re like me and everything must have a place, here is a great storage idea.
I bought a bunch of these Sterilite Show Offs. I plan on using these to store all of my math work station games and activities. I’m thinking maybe two containers per concept(number, addition, etc.) I usually buy the letter sized kind. I’ve created labels for your convenience, they even come in two sizes. I love these little totes.
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Don’t forget to link up with Mrs. Wills and post your thoughts on Chapters 1-2.