Tuesday, August 2, 2011

More About Math Workshop

Thanks for the sweet comments & feedback on my Math Rotation Board. I've also received a lot of questions about the logistics of how it runs in my classroom. I'm happy to answer them and will post soon with lots more details. If you have any question or want clarification on anything related to my Math Workshop please leave a comment and I'll try to address it (along with the questions from this post that some of y'all already asked me).

In the meantime, here's a few more pictures related to it from my room.

I wanted to streamline the process of having my friends gather the materials needed for Math Workshop. So this is what I came up with:

I created a station to house all of the games, manipulatives and activities necessary for the daily activities. I wanted a variety of containers so that I could house cards, manipulatives, papers, books...basically whatever they would be working with.
In a moment of creative cheapness, I spray painted yogurt containers, altered magazine boxes with scrapbooking supplies and repurposed dishpans and file crates. Doing so gave me the variety of shapes and sizes I needed.

I store my materials in a closet which they do have access to, but I put out what is needed only during the current rotations. Instead of labeling each container with things like "flash cards," "pattern blocks," or "math worksheets," that I would need to change often or else have lots and lots of bins, I put letters on the containers.
When I'm listing tasks on the Rotation Board, I include the letter where the necessary items are.

For example, one of the choices under Math Facts might be "Play High/Low with array cards- Cup C" or "Multiplication Mad Minutes -Bin M"

Anyhow, I hope that makes sense. Like I said, feel free to leave me questions/comments and I'll work on putting together a post about it.

Oh, and check out the My Products page. I fancied it up for easy navigation and everything is still 30% off as part of the Back-to-School sale using code: B1T1S

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