Some days I have to pinch myself and today was one.
I just received information that I have sold over
1,200 SEPTEMBER Math Stations to date and
my Math Station Rotation Chart has been downloaded over 3,500 times.
Many days I think I'm a nut with crazy ideas...
reading comments from happy customers and success stories from your classrooms help keep me going on this crazy train that I love.
I started these stations clear back in May of 2011 when Deedee Wills
invited me to participate in a summer blog book party hosting Debbie Diller's Math Work Stations. I was so excited to work with such amazing ladies and grateful to finally meet so many this past summer in Las Vegas.
Common Core was right around the corner and I decided to kill 2 birds with 1 stone.
Common Core + Debbie Diller style stations = Success!!
I created 3 stations for each of the 4 Critical areas of the CC
...offered a task card for specific directions and giving students successful independence
...added talk cards to keep the math dialogue going and
then for management purposes added a math fact game board for students to play and practice after completing their station and assignment. Some partners finish up earlier, but I wanted everyone to continue working for the full time without disrupting others or myself as I was working with students. The math fact game board provided fun, meaningful practice and helped so many memorize their facts... yeah!!
After copying, laminating and cutting (everything easy, straight cut lines ;)
I placed each station in a large Ziploc and then into a side lock Sterilite container.
Each box (12 total) always house a white board, dry erase marker and small eraser... along with a small box of 3 dice and transparent chips.
The students use the white board to solve math problems for their station...
the chips and dice are for the math game board.
The student booklet has an independent assignment for each station to complete after the hands on activity with their partner. The kids keep this in their desk and take it to their station each day... then hand it in at the end of the month.
Each month I take 5 minutes to swap the monthly stations out.
REALLY 5 minutes for a month of good, solid math engagement!
We use the math stations rotation chart to keep us on track (but the kids really enjoy the PUNCH pass on the back of their student booklets to keep track of stations they have completed).
As I said before...
I am so excited to know that many teachers have found them valuable AND
students are learning and ENJOYING math activities!!
That makes me happy!!
So happy, I'm marking SEPTEMBER
Grab your rotation chart here for FREE.
If you are on the fence about math stations... give it a try.
I was a fence sitter myself... until reading Debbie Diller's fabulous book.
Now I'm an addict... and my students are benefiting!
Thank you again for the love and support!!