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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Blogger Help Needed

I make a new post and can post it to the blog. BUT... the blog always goes back to the oldest post when I open it up. Does anyone know how to get the newest post be the first one that people see when they open the blog? I am sure it is just a setting but I can't figure out which one:( Thanks for any help a fellow blogger can give this new blogger! I really need to get going on this math station blog too! Thanks again!

KInerglynn Giveaway!!

This is an awesome give away! Hopefully I will win something:)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Chapter 4

WOW! I thought I would check out Kindergarten Crayons first! I am way overwhelmed and jealous of her things!!! I think I work hard to be the best I can be for my kiddo's, but she is incredible! So are the other bloggers hosting this book party. I finished reading ch 4 but I need to digest some things before I post my thoughts. I am taking a make and take workshop next week - now I know I will be concentrating on math:) Thanks for sharing all the great ideas and resources!!

I wish there was a book party for Debbie's literacy stations also...

Sunday, June 12, 2011

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Community Day

We had a great time today with Community/Fun Day! We certainly built a lot of community in our school! Each student went to four different "stations" around the building. They were mixed K-6th. They played bingo, minute to win it games, carnival games (outside in the heat! and I didn't hear one kid complain!) and board games. It was a little sad to me that many of the kids didn't know how to play the board games - Cooties, Yahtzee,etc. I guess families don't sit around and play them anymore. They had fun once we got started though! It also made the last full day go really fast! Now we just have to get to 12 noon tomorrow:) Well, and in service on Monday...

Monday, June 6, 2011

Chapter 3

What should your math work stations, look like, sound like and feel like?  
I have not done math stations this year. That is the plan for next year:) I hope they look like the ones in this book!! lol I do want to make sure that I MODEL all the materials before I put them out in the stations. I want them to be a great place for the students to work and learn and have fun.

What does your management board look like?
I will be making a pocket chart- I think. I will be using their pictures for the board. I want to see some more ideas from all the other great bloggers.

How do you support math vocabulary (math talk cards) in your stations? 
WOW - do I need to work on this. I have thought about making a word wall of sorts with math vocab. I want to add more of this and make sure that it is included in the stations. I also want to connect it with some Whole Brain Teaching concepts that use gestures for the words. 

This is a great chapter! I need to sit and look at the schedule to fit this in!I am concerned that there is too much to do and not enough time.... I also worry about what I will put into these stations. I know that will be answered soon in the rest of the book. 

Well, 3 1/2 days to go! Tomorrow I think we will be working on cleaning up some math materials:) and some other stuff... why is there still a list of things to do for the kids?? :)  

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Chapters 1 & 2

1.  How do you (or will you) differentiate your math stations? {I added this from the bookmark...sorry} This is something I will need to make sure is happening when I start math stations in the fall. I liked the idea of color coding - so the kids would know what items they would need.
2.  How and where do you keep your math stations? I think after I reorganize all my math materials, I will be able to use a rolling cart with 2 shelves for this. It holds some of my math materials now. I know I have enough bins or containers to make the stations. :)
3.  How do you keep your math materials organized.? Well, I have a very small cabinet with some materials. I have a rolling cart with containers of materials. I have some other containers on top of another cabinet. These were mostly for math stations. I often thought "wow, these are great but there is some wasted space in the containers." I know that we will be looking at some of the materials this week in school. I will be getting the kiddos to help me reorganize! They will love it and I will benefit! Win Win! I'm off to read that chapter again before tomorrow at school!

End of School

Well, this will be the last week of the school year! Hard to believe it goes so fast! We will be having a Fun Day on Thursday. K-6 will be mixed together to go to 4 different stations throughout the day. We have 4 rotations of the 4 stations. The kids will get to work in computer labs, play bingo, play board games and carnival games. It should be a great day! We did something similar at Christmas and the students had a great time. The teachers did too! It kept them occupied and no one was trying to fill up the day. :) I hope we have good weather and it goes just as well!

I have started read Debbie Diller's Math Work Stations.  (That is also why I started this blog:) ) I think I will have the students help sort some of the math materials also. That will keep them busy putting all the linking cubes into towers of 10 by colors! Productive for all of us! I can't wait to get some new ideas of this topic! I want to change some things up for next year, so this will be a great place to start!