Chapter 3 of M__ath Work Stations__ by Debbie Diller is all about making it work. I have had a lot of questions about how I fit it all in. Let me show you.

**Daily Schedule**

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**Math Workshop Schedule**

- Mini-lesson (core curriculum, whole group guided practice)~15 mins
- Math Work Station #1 (I meet with my intervention students)~15 mins
- Regroup/Refocus (student clean up and meet me at the carpet)~5 mins
- Math Work Station #2 (I meet with a small group)~15 mins
- Regroup/Reflect (student share time)~5-8 mins

**What is my regroup/refocus?**I used to move my students directly from station #1 to station #2. However, I feel this quick refocus time has really help the overall flow of my stations. At the close of station #1, I

*immediately*set a timer for 3 mins. The students have 3 mins to meet me on the carpet. I can then eyeball the stations to be sure they were put away “neatly and completely” before starting the 2nd rotation. I also ask the students “Is there any problems I need to be aware of in your math stations?” This allows students a chance to report issues (maybe a missing material) or a partner issue (AKA: Ratting their partner out).

**Speaking of Routine…**

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*REALLY*wanted to pre-make “I Can”, “Math Talk Cards”, and “Math Word Wall Cards”. However, as I reflect on my students’ past engagement with these pre-made items, I have to agree with Ms. Diller (AGAIN) that students tend to use the items they had a part in creating… So I will wait and do them with my kiddos. Wow! That was easy!

**Math Management Board**

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Students place their finished stations (literacy and math) work in one of these magazine organizers. The color on the organizers corresponds with their table color. Once a day, I select a child from each table to grab their bin. The students then sort their papers onto their desks. I can then quickly look through their work. They get a happy face (made with a SMELLY MARKER~Woo Hoo) on their paper if they have the following:

- Name on their paper
- Letters, words, numbers, and pictures (we approximate at the beginning of the year)
- Careful coloring (colors that make sense)
- Their best effort at completing the task

**Planning**

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I will copy the stations planning sheet and common core standards back-to-back. This way, I will keep these standards handy and in my mind!!! Some stations never change… just the materials (computer and reading about math). I modify the stations on a weekly basis (odd stations one week, even the next). Sometimes I change the activity, but most of the time the activity remains similar, just the materials get modified.

I know a lot of us like to teach thematically. I think this can be accomplished without too much trouble as long as we keep the activity familiar. I will show you more on this during Chapter 4, so hang in there!

Whew! This was a HUGE chapter! Thank you Sylvia for hosting it.

S. Parker says

I love the planning pages and the posters you will create with your kiddos. I agree, it is hard to resist "getting started" but as Debbie Diller addresses student input is crucial. They are key to the success of the program.

Mrs. Johnson says

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! And your math resources are great! That pocket chart that shares math/literacy stations is awesome! I am your newest follower 🙂 Have a great evening!

http://www.wildaboutkindergarten.blogspot.com

Deedee says

Welcome to my blog Mrs. Johnson!!!

Conchy says

Deedee,

Thank you so much for sharing! I'm a visual person and after reading your blog, it all made sense! Although I teach first, I look forward to Reading your posts every time you blog. I am not a math person, but my students will definitely gain from what I'm learning from you!

Thanks!

Conchy/1st/PR

Conchy.Marcano@gmail.com

Deedee says

Thank you Conchy! I am like you~MUST have a visual.

Dual Kinder Teacher says

I love your Refocus/regroup and reflect times! I'm your newest follower, I need to read some of your other great posts 🙂

Barb says

I love the different tubs for gathering station work for each table.

Barb

kinderzoopetalwisp says

Thank you for the math station planning sheets and for the great comments on Debbie Diller's new book – so helpful!

Lindsey W says

I'm interested in finding out how Math Work stations are working in your room once you get them rolling!

Lindsey

Whyte Water

Deedee says

You betcha Lindsey!!! I will load some photos this weekend. We had our second day of school today, so I thought I would share how I am introducing math stations.

I will then add some photos when we get more academic next week…

Woo Hoo! The year is off and running!

Kristin says

HI Deedee,

I am so excited about using literacy stations and math stations this year. I started to use it at the end of last school year but can't wait to get them up at the beginning of the year this year. I think I understand all of the stations and how to model model model in order to implement them better but for some reason I can't wrap my head around how you set up your management board. I saw a pattern on your board where it looks like the first two children on the left go to two stations while the two students on the right go to the same stations in reversed order. Do you do the same with your literacy stations? How exactly do you setup your board for day 1? Also, how do you rotate the students; do the student cards change or do the activity/station cards rotate? Do you rotate the whole board or the students on the left have their own rotation while the students on the right have their own rotation circulating? In the beginning do you start off with 4 students with you at the teacher station? Or do you start your station later? Thank you so much!

Deedee says

Hi Kristin, Yes, my literacy station board is exactly like my math stations (in fact, it is on the back of the same pocket chart.) I move the activities down, not the students. My board for day one will look probably just like what you see above.

I do not start the "meet with teacher" station until about week 3.

When do you go back to school? I plan to blog about this next week.

Kristin says

I go back Monday the 20th and the Kids start the 23rd.

Deedee says

Good! Same as me, but we go back with kids on the 22nd. My posts will be in time for you:)