Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Work Stations Update

As you probably know by now, I've started implementing math work stations for the first time this year.  It's definitely been a learning process, but I've really enjoyed finding another fun way to teach math.   Every Tuesday and Thursday, my students come in so excited and asking if we're going to do work stations.  It's great seeing students excited about math, and it's also a great way to work with small groups in areas of need.

There are a few resources that have become invaluable to me this year.  One item is my Dollar Store kitchen timer.  I really don't know how I'd teach without it.  During our work stations, I use it to keep track of time, because I would totally forget to have my students switch stations without it.  I love the fact that my timer gives a 5 minute and 3 minute warning beep, so I can be reminded to fill out rubric info before my students switch stations.
Another resource that is so useful is my Quick View Jackets.  I place my student recording sheets inside the jackets and have my students record their answers with a dry erase marker.  This greatly reduces the amount of paper and copies I use during our work stations.

Inside almost all of my work station tubs, you'll find the essentials:  cards stored in baggies, recording sheet inside the jacket, small pack of dry erase markers, and baby wipes (we use them to clean the jackets).

Keeping all of these supplies inside has helped keep transition and clean up time to a minimum.  I'm always looking for new ideas and ways to stay organized, so I'd love to hear all of your great ideas!


Kristen said...

I loved reading all of this Ashleigh, thank you! I will be on the lookout for that timer...I really feel I need something like that to make my time management better. Thanks!!

~Stephanie said...

Great way to stay organized! I am going to have to implement the wipe off jackets into my workshop time. I have them, but never thought to use them...duh!!!

Teaching in Room 6

Sarita said...

I used the jackets for stations for a while, but I hated when they would get a little crazy with their cleaning and the top edge of the paper would get wet. So, a few years ago, I invested in a cheap Scotch laminator from Wal-Mart. It creates a much more durable finished product than our regular laminator at school and it is so thick and durable, that it would be difficult for a student to bend or wrinkle it.

On a side note . . . I was reading the TPT newsletter and saw your recognition! Congrats to you! You make me want to start putting my print shop pro skills to use! But, I'm scared if I start blogging. . . my husband would die! Ha ha! He already complains about the amount of time I spend exploring your (and a few other) blog! Congrats again! You deserve it! Looking over all of my purchases, I may account for about a quarter of that! Ha ha.

Sarita said...

Oh yea. . . I have referred a few fellow teachers your way. They keep coming to my room to see all of the fun and exciting things we are doing. I wish I could have taken the credit, but your "Buggy Geometry" unit and "Fun with Area and Perimeter" are to thank. Thanks for making me look like a rock star!

Ashleigh said...

I haven't tried using a laminator yet, but I'll have to check that out-thanks!

You should really give it a try! I use to (maybe still does) drive my husband crazy too! I've given myself a rule that I can't work on any blogging or TpT things until my daughter is in bed. It can become consuming, but it's fun.

I hate to admit, but I haven't seen the newsletter. Where did you find it?

Sarita said...

Let my journey begin! I can't wait to get it perfected!


I'm just going to have to research ways to customize it. I've also finished a product. I don't have a clue on how to start there!

I'll have to dig up the article or newsletter. I can't remember where I saw it.

andrewsme said...

Thanks for all that you do,I love it and I don't have the time t do the things I get from you I has three kids in college and work a second job. I don't mind paying you for your time.thanks again

Mrs. Stills said...

I use old socks to clean dry erase markers on page protectors for my centers. When they get disgusting we just throw them away and the kids bring more old socks.

Ashleigh said...

That's a great idea! Those wipes start getting expensive after awhile.

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