Sunday, August 19, 2012

Back to School Centers


I ran into my classroom for literally a minute the other day picking my little girl from choir.  The classroom was approximately 185 degrees and it was a complete mess with stacks of purchases, books, papers and materials in different piles.  My poor plant was needing a long, cool drink of water and I was needing an ice, cold diet coke!
I had about 10 minutes before Emma was to be excuse and I looked around thinking surely I could cross something off my to-do list.
One of the stacks in the  middle of my room happen to be my math station boxes... so that was the task.  Within 10 minutes my 12 boxes were supplied, labeled and stacked in the correct spot.  I was so pleased when I received my End of Level testing scores from last year.  The kiddos did really well and I have to say I believe it was the independent, spiral review of math stations.  It had been a LONG time since I took centers on, however, after reading Debbie Diller's book and participating in the summer book study... I was hooked and it paid off! This year I am focusing on the Common Core Math Stations.  They have a bit more meat and challenge to them. September was printed, laminated and cut in the spring so they were ready to land in their boxes and wait for the kids quickly.
One thing on my list (of never ending to do list) crossed off.
I have a feeling I'll be back in the room this week with 10 minutes here and 10 minutes there... hopefully I'll be able to cross a couple more things off before contract days start!

3 comments:

Madison said...

Just take it slowly. It is amazing the things you can accomplish in 10-15 minutes.
Life with Mrs. L

Jennifer Nowell said...

Hi there! First time here, and I was wondering what book you were referring to in your post. I am always looking for ways to add to and improve my math centres. Thanks,
Jennifer Nowell

Jennifer @ Simply Kinder said...

I like how you have your centers stacked like that. My principal just suggested to me (well to my sub) that I use my manipulative organizer as cubbies. (He does not want to buy me cubbies.. anyways.) After seeing how you have them all stacked and organized I might just be able to do so! =)