Anyone who works with me (and hopefully anyone who reads this blog) knows that I’m a math person. I LOVE teaching math! It’s by far my favorite subject to teach, which is funny because it was my least favorite subject as a student. As a math teacher, I want my instruction to be rigorous, yet fun and student friendly. It’s not always easy to find that balance, but I keeping working for it.
I already have plenty of math performance tasks and skills practice with all of my math units, and I also have several sets of task cards for my math stations. Despite all of those resources, I still want something new-something totally unique and different from what I already use. (Can you tell that I like to have a huge variety of instructional strategies)? After weeks of playing with different ideas, the light finally turned on, and I have all of my snow days to thank. We missed a lot of school last winter, which made me fall way behind. I was pulling my hair out trying to find ways to make up for all of our lost time, because our big test certainly wasn’t going to be postponed. I had to find ways to get as much as possible out of what little time I had left.
The way the booklets gives me a lot of flexibility in what manipulatives I can use. I don’t need a class set of any of the manipulatives for these activities. I usually just have one or two for each station.