like last year, but I am setting it all up for math now (last year, I used the top 5 drawers for math and the bottom 5 for reading). This way, I can differentiate more of my stations...
Here are my stations:
We also are working on learning the routine of stations, so this week, my stations are not differentiated. Next week, they will be. :o) I have two drawers for games, and you'll see why in just a minute... but I get the games ready to go ahead of time for each set of partners:
My students only do one station per day (30 minutes). I pull two groups during station time (about 15 minutes each) and then we always have at least one day where I let them "finish up" their stations they didn't get to finish because of being pulled in a group. I pull small groups based on what skill they need to work on, not by their station rotations... but I always pull them in groups as partners- so they are grouped as partners by level... maybe if I show you, it will help my explanation. (I actually have magnets with their names on them that I will rotate, but I am still working on making sure their partners are matched correctly by watching them during stations the last few rotations...)
Also, you saw I have two drawers with games. That is because I only have two student laptops... so when the students are at the technology station, they have to share their time. Sometimes, they can get on the laptops as partners, but if it's a game or program that is meant for only one person, two of them are on the laptops (one on each laptop) while the other two are playing a game from the red game drawers, then after 15 minutes, they switch.
There are more spots on my rotation board than I have students- this is so I can get all the stations rotated. There will always be one of the green/purple or blue/orange sets that will be empty so that my games and technology groups can flip-flop the next day. As I sit here and type it out, I feel like it is probably clear as mud to you... but I promise it works! :-P I hope this post did help you at least a little if you are looking for ideas of ways to organize your math stations!
**UPDATE** Here is another way I implement Math Workshop in my classroom using the M-A-T-H acronym! You can also buy the guide to Launching Math Workshop!
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