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It is so good to be back in classrooms again! All summer I worked around the U.S. with teachers, but the kids were off for the summer. Last week our schools were open, so I got to go to a few of my favorite rooms to work with the students (and their teachers). I visited a few math classes and introduced our first math station in one classroom. We taught a game to the whole class (very throroughly), had two students show the rest of the class how to play, and then had all kids play with partners as their first math station. More to follow in the next few weeks.

The secret is to introduce each station well, one at a time, to be sure students understand the routine and can work independently. Take something you’ve taught well, and then have students do it with a partner. The teacher isn’t working with small groups. She is walking around the room, checking in and observing students at work.

Two students model how to play the game, Close to 100, for the rest of the class

Two students model how to play the game, Close to 100, for the rest of the class

 

Directions written with the class on how to play this game

Directions written with the class on how to play this game

All students play in pairs around the room

All students play in pairs around the room

Jamila checks in with partners as they work at their first math station

Jamila checks in with partners as they work at their first math station

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While in Maine last week, I met with about 400 teachers at the Elks Lodge in Waterville. As part of our work together, we thought about anchor charts we’d make with children this year. Before creating an anchor chart with children, it’s a good idea to think about what it might look like. So we made some samples together. What an engaging process this was! The pictures tell it all.

The Elks Lodge in Waterville

The Elks Lodge in Waterville

Cause and effect anchor chart

Cause and effect anchor chart

K-2 anchor chart about deep comrepehension

K-2 anchor chart about deep comprehension

Morning routine anchor chart for K-2 classroom

Morning routine anchor chart for K-2 classroom

A math anchor chart

A math anchor chart

Making anchor charts for an upper-grade class

Making anchor charts for an upper-grade class

Teachers working together

Teachers working together

Upper-grade teachers check out each other's work

Upper-grade teachers check out each other's work

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