Chapter 3 is about Getting Started. To read the original post and the links of other bloggers who joined in this virtual study, go here.
My Reflections Now:
- I started and introduced a few games at a time.
- I loved having my students work with a partner. We changed partners about once a month.
- I love dice! They can be used for so many skills.
- The same can be said for all the Oriental Trading and Target Dollar Spot erasers, I have collected over the years. Change the counter and it instantly becomes a "new" game. :)
- Kids requested games that they wanted me to keep. I also instantly knew when a game was a flop. I got the "I'm Done" teacher.
- My original plan to have each tub categorized by standard was too overwhelming for me. Numbering the boxes was easier.
- I was able to incorporate Common Core Standards as well as teacher "the book" all year long.
- Math Work Stations became easier to plan as the year progressed.
- I loved that I could incorporate games that perhaps, my kids did not have at home like Connect Four, Hungry Hungry Hippo, puzzles, etc. They each had mathematical value in our classroom.
As I plan for the upcoming year, I know that I will "tweak" things about Math Work Stations. I plan to reread the book again this summer to see how I can fit some skills in more frequently like geometry and measurement.
Happy Teaching and Learning!