So I have been reading the book, Math Workstations by Debbie Diller. Boy do I have a lot of work ahead of me! I know that I need to:
Chapter 1: Truly clarify to myself what a math workstation is. I think I have a handle on this. I like a quote from the book that says, "Math stations are for reinforcement and extention of concepts already taught." Though this quote is not in chapter one I thought it summed things up nicely.
Chapter 2: Organize, organize and organize! I need to go thru all of my manipulatives, games etc.., consolidate and purge! Hard but necessary.
Chapter 3: Time to get started! This chapter is where I really started to take notes! I think I wrote the words "model, model, model" at least 10 times! This chapter really helped me see the 'station progression'. I really like the math talk card idea. I look forward to making these. I guess with K I will be drawing a lot of pictures in the beginning! Better brush up on my art skills! The 'I Can' labels are awesome. I can't wait to take the pics for these and use them in each station. I assume I can take the pics while I have kids demonstrate how to use these appropriately during our station mini lesson time.
On page 58 a question was asked: " Should kids write something at every station? Where should they put their work?" This immediately got me thinking about how to best allow the kiddos to represent their thinking. What if I gave each child a three pronged, 2 pocket folder. In the prongs I will put 3-5 sheets for me to record my observations. This will allow me to keep track of notes I keep on each child and I don't have to find the last note I took - it is right there in front of me. ( I do this in their Writer's Workshop folder and it works great.) The pockets will be for their work station sheet(s) where they record their learning. I will keep these sheets available in each station if needed and in a separate basket for them to grab as needed. The students will take their folder with them to each station. This will allow me to jot notes as I observe them or when they visit with me. Having the folder also gives the kids a place to put their finished record sheet, as well as function as a makeshift "clipboard" for those times they are surveying one another etc... Whadda ya think? Will it work? Here are the record sheets if interested!
Math work station student record sheet
Math work station teacher record/observation sheet