Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Math Work Station- Chapters 1 and 2

A group of great teacher bloggers are hosting an online book 
study for Debbie Diller's new book :

Although I don't have a true teaching position or classroom of my own, I still like to think I'm a teacher! I've really enjoyed reading Debbie's new book so I thought I would participate in the book study even if my responses are with regard to my dream class and classroom! I just know I'll land a job soon and I'll be super ready to implement math stations! 

 Chapter 1: So What are Math Stations?? 

A math station is an activity that engages students in independent or partner practice of a math skill that has already been introduced and taught. 

DeeDee used different colored stars to allow some students to use
smaller numbers while others can practice with larger numbers.

I feel like the biggest challenge of successful math stations is the differentiation for different leveled learners. In the book she encourages you to make differentiation a part of each and every math tub by varying materials for the levels using a color coded system that students will easily become familiar with. 

Other great ideas from chapter 1:

  • USing overlapping notecards taped to a clipboard to keep anecdotal records for each student. 

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  • I also love the way she recommends creating the "i can" lists with options for things to do at the station as a class, then taping that very list to the lid of the math station for students to reference. 

Chapter 2: Organize! 

I'm all about the organizing but it is hard to imagine just how I would organize math stations without knowing the space that I will work in! 

However, I really like these ideas for keeping math 
stations organized! 

  • Pocket Charts for Rotation Schedule! 
Idea and Picture from Swamp Frog First Graders!

  • Clear Plastic Tubs for Station Materials

Get them HERE! 

Linking up to Mrs. Wills Kindergarten
Mrs. Wills Kindergarten


Deedee Wills said...

Thanks Caitlin for linking up! You are going to be SoOo ready for a teaching job! Hey... we are hiring a kindergarten teacher in my district (Missouri)... interviews are tomorrow. How fast can you get here? LOL!

Good luck!
Mrs. Wills Kindergarten

Oceans of First Grade Fun said...

Thanks for linking up with us! You will make a fabulous teacher!
Ms. A
Oceans of First Grade Fun

Heidi Samuelson said...

Love the flipchart for taking notes for kids...I'm going to try to use the confer app on my iPad this year and see how it works...I've also used the sticky note/duplicate telephone notepads to write positives and stick them onto worksheets and desks...Swamp Frog First Graders

Deedee Wills said...

IPad...I'm jealous!

Mrs. Wills Kindergarten

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