I hope you have your copy of Math Work Stations and are ready to get the book talk going!
Chapter 1 was a bit of an eye opener for me. Our team plans mostly from Investigations and it is great, but isn’t set up to have stations. The way I’ve been doing it, my students play a game for a time or two then we move on. I really want to do a mix of Work Stations and Guided Math next year, though. I think the work stations part will be great! My goal for next year is to be better about differentiating my stations and letting my STUDENTS choose what they want to keep and what to move on. I am all about choice, and can’t believe I let it slip by me this time!
Now, on to Chapter 2… organization! This I can do! You may have seen my post in March about Math organization already, but here it is again in case you would like to see it. Click here!
I haven’t been teaching for too long, so I haven’t had to purge many things that I don't need.
I organize my math manipulatives like this:
I will be changing the way the unifix cubes are organized. I really like the idea of having them in rows of 10 :)
Here is a freebie for you! Below you can get your copy of the labels I use to organize the manipulatives.
The materials we use often for games are stored like this:
Most everything else I use for math is stored in this container:
It has worked well for me so far, but I imagine as I get more materials for different topics, I will be buying bigger containers to stack in my cabinet oh so neatly!
This is the issue I have to tackle this summer… storing the math games we are using. I have a vision of having good sized containers under the place my students store their backpacks because that is typically wasted space in my classroom. I am not sure how well this will work for me, though. When I do figure out my storage solution for the stations we are using, I’ll let you know. This year I felt like I was wasting quite a bit of time putting games away then getting them out again the next day. I just don’t have a great way to store these yet. Any ideas?
One more thought to ponder… I will be teaching math to 2 different classes. Yes, you read that right! For one hour a day I will be teaching math to another teacher's class. She will teach science and social studies to both of our classes, and I will teach math. Our school has a Dual Language program that switches this way. It has worked out very well for them, and us monolingual teachers would like to do it as well. The issue I see is the choice factor. (Remember Debbie Diller suggests to get the students involved in choosing how long to keep stations and when to put them away.) How likely is it that both classes will choose to have the same math stations available? Any insight here?
For more, hop on over to Deedee Will’s blog to read what she and other bloggers had to say!