Wednesday, September 14, 2011

So... How are my stations going? A little controlled choice

Debbie Diller talks about offering controlled choice within stations.  I added some choice in my Listening Station and Puzzles and Games.  Here are a few pictures of my stations this week.

 Sorting  by capital and lower case letters.
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Ok... so why don't I have more photos of my math stations... I have NO idea!  I thought I had taken more pictures of the math stations... but they are going GREAT!!!!

Did you need a copy of my Peek at my Week stations lesson plans?

I have regrouped my students this week so they are homogeneously paired.  I may need to refine the pairs in the next few weeks, but I think I have them matched pretty well.

I started small group reading lessons today.  I am pleased that my students were able to work independently and did not interrupt me too many times.  This will be a work in progress!!

I think I will need a few more weeks with Math Stations before I can start small groups there~but I am encouraged!!!

How are your stations going?  I would love to hear from you!!!


  1. I just wanted to tell you I find your "peeks at my weeks" posts so helpful. I hole punch them and put them in the back of my lesson plan binder for weeks when I can't think of what to put in my centers. so many good ideas. Thanks!

  2. Thanks Rachelle!!! I am so pleased to hear that. I thought, "If I am going to plan these stations anyhow, I might as well share."

  3. Deedee
    Thank you so much for these posts... You have helped me so much to make sure I am on target. I tend to question myself so much during the first few weeks of school... Some of my children just need so much practice with routines... Do you see the same thing with your kinders?

  4. Pam! I totally agree! Some students come in and they are ready to go! Some students need help getting started right away, some need help staying on task, some need help in taking turns... They all come from different backgrounds. The routines are essential. I am certain we will be talking about routines ALL year long.

    I'm also a "no-nonsense" teacher. I tell my kids that stations are fun, but they are serious work. Soon I will take warnings away. If they are not working well in their station, they will be removed (they will sit by me in my small group). One slip-up and they are done with that rotation. They almost always go back to their next station with a sense of responsibility.

    I'm glad my posts are helpful to you. It is nice to have people to bounce ideas off of.

  5. Just pure goodness! Thank you so much for all of your posts. Love it all!
    <>< Crystal

  6. I started literacy centers and math work stations this week and let me tell you it's been crazy!! Actually math stations went over a lot better than my literacy because I had the kids make the I can charts with the different materials so they are taking ownership over the activities. Literacy centers have been a challenge because well they don't know how to trace, cut, or even write their name. Stamping was successful though and that's the one I thought was over their head! I'll take pics of my literacy centers tomorrow and post them after school!
    Whyte Water


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