Remember that post about Math Workstations that I promised???
Well- here is goes!
1. Order the book AND read it. Debbie Diller is WAY smarter than me :)
2. Figure out how you want to manage your workstations.
My students work in partners. Debbie highly suggests partners instead of groups for work stations. I would have to concur: noise levels are lower and kids work harder! The numbers next to their names represent the work stations they will work on for that day. I have ten work stations going on at one time.
You also need have an easy way to store centers. These baskets are PERFECT. They were three dollars each at Wal-mart.
When you take my baskets off the shelves, this is what you see.
The baskets that I use are the perfect size for recording sheets, centers, and any manipulatives that you need for the center.
Many times I will use some of my work stations during my small group instruction. I usually save my more difficult centers for my own small group instruction.
*Also another hint- sometimes I save my recording sheet as a kind of flashback or review instead of having my students complete it during rotations. It serves as a great way to make sure students don't forget the concept the second they walk out the door for the day!
That is all for now but I will be back soon to talk about what I am doing while my kids are busily working away!
Yesterday I taught the workbook-way to teach arrays. I should have known better. My kids' eyes immediately glazed over, and everything I said went right over their heads.
I joked on my instagram account that today I was going to pull out the big guns.... FOOD. But in all seriousness, have you ever taught a food lesson that wasn't more engaging than a workbook way?!?! It's just.not.possible for kids to not be excited when working with food!
I simply bagged up some fruit loops and gave them some scrapbook paper and voila!
Here is my model for the students:
Writing about math is just so important! If you read my post about Writer's Workshop, you know that I think writing is absolutely key, and I feel the same way about writing about our math thinking. Students get a chance to use their math vocabulary and explain what is going on in their brains!