I am participating in the Math Work Station Blog Party over at Mrs. Wills Kindergarten!

I am so very new to blogging and really got involved when I found out about the Blog Party! I have long been a fan of Debbie Diller's. I used to joke around that without Debbie Diller and Debbie Miller I wouldn't have made it through my first year of teaching (oh so many years ago). So back to the book. As I read chapters one and two I smiled as I read about Debbie's suggestion of two students working together. I have used this system since I began teaching and it really does make all the difference. I also was inspired to make I can lists and place in each of my containers. Here are my answers to the guiding questions:

- Materials used by the teacher first, then placed in the station:
**Yes** - Materials do not change weekly, but rather changed to reflect the students learning objectives:
**Yes, although I think that I introduce too much too soon (I'm going to work on this)** - All students go to stations daily:
**Yes...except for testing days/school programs/and all those pesky interruptions!** - Materials are differentiated:
**Well... not really although I do sometimes have games "just" for my higher level kids (I need to work on this too!)** - The teacher observes work or meets with differentiated math groups:
**Yes!****My Math Schedule and Rotation Set Up:**

**I have 90 minutes on the "books" for math although that is also dismissal time so I really only have 75 minutes.**

**15 minutes: Whole Group Instruction****60 minutes: Math Work Stations and Guided Math Groups****I use three twenty minute rotations I relied heavily on Beth Newingham's Blog for creating math groups here: Beth Newingham's Math Workshop**

**Math Group Rotation**

**Low Group- Meet With Me, Work Independently, Math Station**

**Med. Group- Math Station, Meet With Me, Work Independently**

**Med. Group2-****Work Independently, Math Station, Meet With Me**

**(I would alternate meeting with this group and the High Group)**

**High Group- Work Independently, Math Station, Meet With Me**

**(I would alternate meeting with this group and the Med. 2 Group)**

Organization: I love organization and have changed the way I store my math centers every year and I am in the process of changing it again.

One year I stored my materials in numbered book boxes on a rolling red cart. Here is a picture of the cart but, not the picture of the math centers in the book bins (I don't happen to have a picture of that!)

Then I changed and had my Math Stations and Daily 5 Word Work bins on this bookshelf:

(I know this has reading stuff on it but, I couldn't find a picture of the shelf with the math bins on it. I used the same book boxes but had my math stations in them).

And Now I am going to put my Math Stations in these containers that have little handles and open with velcro. I have not organized this shelf yet but this is where I plan to store my stations for 11-12. My only delima here is that I have a few things that are too big for the containers so I'm thinking they will be stored in a basket similar to the blue one on the shelf. Right now there are some reading puzzles I stuck on the shelf as I was cleaning up for summer since the custodians are going to be waxing the floors.

This is the cabinet where all of my math manipulatives are stored!

Some future things I am going to ponder, research, and work on:

- Making sure my stations are more differentiated
- Work on creating I Can charts
- Find a place to store my station materials that are not being used
- Figure out what to do with oversize materials

Note: I added some more information about my station rotation here!

Hi Amber, Welcome to Blogging and thanks for joining the book study.

ReplyDeleteI would love to know about your groups and their assigned work. Do you rotate the kids through guided math, independent work, and work stations with a chart, do the kids automatically transition, or do you set a timer for whole group transitions?

How much time do kids have for each component of your math time. I would love to meet with this many kids each day (other than interruptions, as stated) but my district has a particular workshop model.

I certainly would love to hear more! :)

Cheryl

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Welcome Amber to blogging! Glad you joined the group.

ReplyDeleteDonna

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Amber,

ReplyDeleteDo you have an email button?

Thanks everyone! I added another blog about how I organize my rotations (it is linked at the end of this blog). I also added an email me link! I am trying to get used to all of this as I am still a newbie! Thanks again!!

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Yay Amber! Thank you for linking in. Your pictures are wonderful. I like your containers with the handles... like a little math briefcase!

ReplyDeleteWelcome to the blogging world!

Mrs. Wills KindergartenI love those containers too! Where did you get them?

ReplyDeleteF is For First GradeMelissa,

ReplyDeleteI think I am going to love them too! A teacher at my school just gave them to me. She gave me about 20 of them, they were from some program and these were left over. I too wish they were available to purchase somewhere in case some of them break but, unfortunately I haven't seen them anywhere.

Amber