I also require all papers to have their name on it. If their name is missing, I tell them to add their name and put it back in the stations box and I will look at it next time. I set the expectation that their names will be on their papers… Their 1st grade teachers will thank you!!!
I use these stampers. They are easy to use. I have tried using a stamp pad and stickers. I am really uncoordinated and it just TAKES TOO LONG!!!! These make the job SUPER FAST! It takes me 5 minutes to check everyone’s station work, stamp their reward chart and paper, and then hand out rewards.
What else? Ok… My students are still homogeneously grouped. I will move them to heterogeneously grouped in the next few weeks. I try to pair a boy with a girl. I find it helps with behavior.
Choice: I will give students a choice within the station, but I do not let them select their station. I will offer “Open Station” towards the 3rd Qtr. This will allow them to select a station that is not occupied.
What else? What else? Did I forget to answer any questions? Please let me know if you have any more!