Math Work Stations. March 21, 2012. Agenda at-a-glance:. Math Stations Introduction Where Are You with Stations? Organizing, Managing, & Getting Started! Station Ideas - Exploration. Introduction Activity. Organize yourself in groups of 6 by grade level Introduce yourself to your team
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Math Work Stations
March 21, 2012
So, where are you with math stations?
Red: What are stations anyway?
Yellow: Not quite, but really interested. I have tried a few.
Green: I have stations established in my room, but need new ideas.
Call it whatever you want--math centers, learning centers, math stations, work stations--all the current research is saying it is a component of effective mathematics instruction.
Textbook programs, including Investigations, Everyday Math, and Saxon, are all including math stations into their instructional models.
We know the model works in reading; it can work in math too.
Chapter 1:What Is a Math Work Station?
Attribute BlocksBalance Scale
Base Ten BlocksUnifix Cubes
CountersJudy Clock
LinksTen Frames
Five FramesStory Boards
Practice
Practice
Practice
Concerned about noise?
Create a management system where your students will work together (especially in the beginning of the year) or alone to reduce the noise.
“Best of all, students in work stations are constantly solving problems, reasoning, representing, communicating, and connecting while working with numbers and mathematical concepts. They practice using math vocabulary and interact with a partner to help cement this new learning. At math work stations, children are engaged learners.”
Math Work Stations by Debbie Diller, Stenhouse, 2011.
Chapter 2:Organizing & Managing Math Materials
SPACE:
Adapted from Julie Morgenstern author of Organizing from the Inside Out (2004)
Step 1: Sort your stuff. Stay put while you sort!
Step 2: Purge the things you don’t use for teaching.
Step 3: Put what you’ll keep in containers (containerize) and place them in storage areas (assign a home).
Step 4: Maintain your storage system. (Equalize every day)
Chapter 3:Getting Started with Math Work Stations
Additional ideas on pg. 44
See page 45 for sample chart
See pages 47-54 for additional ideas
See pages 47-54 for additional ideas
Pages 55-66 are a must read by all!
A word from our math work station practitioners.
See handout
Discuss and share with your team what steps you plan on taking after the session today. What additional support do you need to implement math work stations in your classroom?
Something that squares with my beliefs
Something still circling in my head
3 points to remember
Thank you!