Since I've been rethinking how to "do math" this year, I'm so excited to join with my math bloggy buddies for Back to School math tips!
I don't have much wall space or bulletin board space in my room, so I made my signs to fit on a cupboard door. I have 4 groups and usually get to 2 rotations per day: 1/2 hour with each group. I know some teachers see all 4 groups daily for 15 minutes each, but I can't seem to manage to thoroughly work with my students that way. The first row of polygons has numbers on them. These are student numbers so I (and they) can quickly see which group each child is in. Then the arrow gets moved down as rotations progress.
During Math Facts time, students work on triangle math facts tests (www.newmanagement.com), triangle flash cards, and other math facts games.
here. The Teacher Studio has numerous resources that are wonderful for At your Seat time. I especially love her Digging Deeper Perseverance Problems! Also check out Math Coach's Corner for tons of fantastic activities that kids can do independently (see place value game picture below). Many of these are also used during Hands-on time.
Marcy Cook Tiles. They not only allow kids to practice math skills, but they must use logic and number sense in order to solve. During Hands-on time, students also play games with partners. You can download this fun partner rounding game (below) here.
here. (And they're on sale August 1st & 2nd! Use code: BestYear) Stay tuned this year; I'm going to be making many changes during math, including meaningful conceptual work. How do you organize for Math Workshop and differentiate for your students?