Saturday, July 2, 2011

Boy, Was I Wrong

I've noticed this summer that a bunch of the blogs I read were doing a book study on Debbie Diller's Math Work Stations.  Every time I would see a post I would think, 'nah, that's too easy for my 3rd graders'.  I kept reading more and more posts but continued to think, 'it looks good, but it's just not for me'.  However, I have to admit that I don't like feeling left out of the educational loop, so I ordered it anyway to see what it was all about.
Boy, was I wrong!  I love the book and concept of math work stations, and it is definitely workable for older students!  I have been completely obsessed for the past 3 days.  I finished the book and started trying to figure out how to make it work for me and my students.  I know that she said that it was best to use the work stations everyday, but there is no way I could get away with that.  I'm not a worksheet teacher and do a lot of performance tasks and activities that take a considerable amount of time that would not be an appropriate work station task, but I was able to find 2 tasks/lessons a week that could be modified to being a part of a math work station.  Then, I started doing one of my very favorite things PLAN.  I'm one of those people who have to see a plan to be able to grasp the idea, so I just started typing.  I know that I'll change this 100 times, but I just wanted to get my ideas written down.  Please note that everything is a VERY rough draft.

I first started by making a table of all games and activities that I already use that could be turned into a math station, and it was very obvious that some areas were much stronger than others.

Then, I made a table that looked similar to the management board.  This would be the first week I would implement math work stations.  I would have already taught all of the activities as a whole group lesson in the previous weeks.

This is a table for a few weeks later when I'll have a much larger variety of tasks.

These tables and activities are just a complete guess.  I just have to write ideas down to find things I want to improve on and change, and then I'll make lots of adjustments when I get to know my students.  I plan to use my Smartboard board for my management board, so that may be my next step.


Julie said...

Ashleigh I was thinking the same thing. I ordered the book and just didn't have the time to read it when all the hoopla started. I kept seeing posts and thinking oh that looks a little too young anyways. I planned on giving it a run when my crazy summer STARTS. I'm so glad you posted this. I will put it on my bedside table! (that means it has to come out of the box)hehe
Keep up the posts and I'll try to join ya! Just as soon as I get my entire house specked out for the HUGE party we are having tomorrow!!

Thoughts of a Third Grade Teacher

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