Everyday after my students complete their math journal entry, they go up to the Promethean board and move their name to their choice for the day. One of my center rules is that only 4 students can be at each center. By using the Promethean board the kids have a great visual of what is left to sign up for that day. After everyone signs up, I print this flip chart page for my records. (Someone ALWAYS looses their board.) Math centers is a great way to tie in all those activities you have in your room but because of new standards and such you just don't know when to do them. (blocks, puzzles, etc...)
My TA and I always have a group during this time to help students with their activity. It's nice because we are able to help students one on one because the groups are not leveled. My higher students can work independently while my lower students get the help they need. My math scores have been amazing this year and I give this math center model ALL the credit. I love watching the kids teach and help each other at centers. We've had many classroom meetings about how we tutor each other instead of just giving the answers. Here are a few pictures of how I organize my room for math centers and my lions working....(of course they pose for the camera)
Here's a sneak peak at this weeks choice board using my
"Let Me Count the Ways" Valentine's Day math pack.
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