Math Stations should not be intimidating or a burden, and sadly, I know many teachers feel that way. The purpose of stations (or centers, if that’s what you call them) is for students to review and practice what you have already taught them. You should not feel like you have to put out brand new centers every week (which is usually where the burden sets in). Use open stations (not worksheets) that you can recycle throughout the year!
Big skills, such as multiplication and division to name just two, shouldn’t be done “only when you’re teaching it.” Students need to practice these skills all year. Provide the same laminated open activity with dice at various times of the year and students won’t get tired of it- because each roll of the dice provides a different problem! Differentiate with different sized dice, and you’ll be able to use the same open activity with different learners all year long! You can find all of my math stations here!
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