So, you’ve gone to the workshops, read all the books and blogs, researched your resources and you’ve decided to get going with math workshop. Stations, rotations, guided math, whatever you wanna call it! Small groups will absolutely change your classroom for the better. There is so much value to sitting down with a small group of kiddos and getting to focus on a few students at a time. It creates a safe environment for kids to make mistakes and know that you are right there to help and encourage them when they need it! Deciding to do small groups in my math class was an easy choice for me! Deciding how to get organized and display station related things for my students, not such an easy choice! Here’s an idea for math workshop display for your small groups.
MATH STATION BOARD SET UP
Pictured above is one way I have displayed my stations before! I had 4 groups in each class with 4-5 students in each group. I printed group numbers on colored card stock and laminated it. Then I put 5 velcro strips on each piece of paper. I printed and cut numbers for each of my students This works great if your students are used to being assigned a number and also helps with groupings of students not being as obvious; most kids know their own number, but not everyone else’s.
The circle letters at the bottom represented each of our 4 stations…no cute acronym for us! C- Chromebooks, P-practice, G- Game, and T-Teacher. Check out some some of my favorite activities to use at each station.
Below is a picture of what it actually looked like in my classroom…it’s kind of blurry because this was before taking pictures of your classroom was a popular thing to do!
On the right hand side, I listed what we would be doing at each station. Next to that I had different student jobs within each group to help keep students accountable and activity participating when working with a group. We had a team leader, a co-leader, the time keeper/ noise monitor, and a material manager.
Grab a set of the student job roles below:
Student jobs also available in tropical, groovy, geode, and letter patches for Will Teach for Tacos Math Members only. You can join the membership here!