As many of you know, I've started implementing math work stations for the first time this year. For the past several years, I've used the traditional math workshop model, so this is a change for me. I only use work stations two days a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays), because I need time for many of my longer math workshop tasks that are just not conducive for a work station activity. I'm also not sure if my third graders would enjoy it as much if they did the work stations every day. Right now, they're still huge treat for my students.
After a little more than 9-weeks, I feel like I've gotten into the swing of things and have learned how to adjust little things to make the work stations even more efficient in my classroom. However, I've started feeling a little concerned about my students' accountability during work station time. The activities that we do are engaging, so I don't have a lot of behavior issues, but I just haven't felt 100% confident that my students have been giving their best effort, and I've been noticing some issues with students not staying on task. I've also been a little concerned that my students weren't getting enough accomplished during their station time and that they weren't being careful about whether their work was correct or not. I meet with small groups during the majority of the time, so it's difficult to be everywhere I need to be. Last week I had an ah-ha moment, and I think I've found one of my missing pieces to successful work stations-a weekly work station rubric.
It's very simple, but I can already see a significant improvement in my students' work ethic and motivation to to their best work. I also think rubrics are an incredible tool in relaying expectations to students. I've left my rubric in Word format, you can make changes to it since I'm sure everyone has different needs for their students. (If it doesn't look right it's probably because of the font I used.) I'm sure my rubric will continue to evolve as I encounter new concerns.