Oh my gosh! What a great 3 days I had with my new sweeties!!! I was excited to start math stations with them. Of course I "did" math stations last year with my kiddos, but I had not implemented Debbie Diller's format until mid-February. I must admit, I was a little nervous. However, I jumped into the deep end anyway.
I displayed and discussed my math stations work board.
Right now my students are heterogeneously paired up. I will homogeneously pair them within the next few weeks.
I had my bins all labeled and labeled the spots where the students were suppose to take that bin to work.
This week my goal work stations goals:
- How to read the board.
- How to find their bin and work place.
- How to work with their partner (sharing, quiet voices, stay in one place).
- How to clean up and return their bins.
I am happy to report, by Day 3 they were semi-independent... Woo Hoo!
I did not have "academic" work stations in the bins... they just explored the math manipulatives (Debbie Diller's suggestion)
As you can see, they explored Geometric Shapes, Teddy Bears, and Snap Cubes. They also learned to use the work mat under their materials. I picked these work mats (shelf liners) up at Target. This will keep their materials in a smaller area and cut down on the noise of the materials against the tables or floors. I will appreciate this especially when we start using dice.
I was able to walk around and reinforce the great behaviors I saw and also do a little informal assessing.
I will be back tomorrow to blog about my upcoming work stations (both literacy and math) for next week.