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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

What are Math Workshops and Math Stations

Do your students like to be independent learners?

Have you used Math Workshops in your classroom?

Would you like to start using math stations, but don't know where to start?

Math Workshops (math stations) are a way to implement math skills and provide independent learning opportunities for all students. Students practice and apply skills taught within the classroom. This is an organized and structured time for students. Before starting math workshops the teacher will need to introduce the content and expectations for the class.

What are Math Workshops and Math Stations

Math workshops does not have to be complicated. Let's break down what they look like, how to use them, and what to include.  

What does it look like? 

Students are actively engaged in purposeful tasks. The teacher is facilitating the classroom or meeting with a small group of students. The best math station activities are highly engaging. Students will know what is expected of them and do their best on the task at hand. The activities can be completed at a table, student desk, computer table, by a gallery wall, or even the floor! Now let's review 3 tips to having successful math workshops (math stations) in your classroom. 

Tip #1: Be Flexible

Math stations are flexible and help to meet the individual needs of students. It's easy to differentiate with math stations. Try to organize different math stations that include math vocabulary, math practice, math applications, technology/computers, reading math in the real world, and word problems. 

Tip #2: Be Organized

Math stations are easy to use when they are organized. Label bins or have tent tents to distinguish the different tasks. Make it easy for students to know what task they are on and the directions are easy to read. Students should be able to transition by themselves with little to no help from the teacher. Staying organized will help keep the students' focus on the important math skills that need to be reviewed and mastered, rather than the process. 

Tip #3: Be Timely

Math stations are meant to be short tasks. Have a timer on your smartboard or keep a stop watch handy. Math station tasks should only take fifteen to twenty minutes. Students should be able to complete the tasks within that amount of time and then transition to the next task. 

The best math stations (math workshops) are easy to implement, versatile and differentiate three levels of Math. As a teacher you need math stations to help your students practice and apply many different math skills. Try a free set of math stations today! 

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