I have had a lot of questions about how I fit it all in. Let me show you.
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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 helped 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).
During my “Regroup/Reflect” time I ask the same question and, historically, I’ve also asked, “Who did something today in their math stations to be better with numbers?” I am excited to add the “Sharing” cards from p. 224-229 to my reflection routine.
Speaking of Routine…
Math Management Board
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
If they get all of these, they also get a chart stamped. They collect these stamps for a reward. I also put “WOW” papers up in our hallway and in the classroom. Next year, I will put the “WOW” paper next to where the students will do that particular math station. This will give them an exemplary sample to refer to.
Having said that… Not all stations have a product (paper/pencil activity).
Each week I plan my math stations on a page that looks like this. You can see my weekly plans by clicking on the tab at the top of my blog under “Lesson Plans.”
Some stations never change… just the materials (computer and iPads). 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. You can find all of my Math Work Stations files by clicking HERE.
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.