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
Directions written with the class on how to play this game
All students play in pairs around the room
Jamila checks in with partners as they work at their first math station
Read Full Post »
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
Cause and effect anchor chart
K-2 anchor chart about deep comprehension
Morning routine anchor chart for K-2 classroom
A math anchor chart
Making anchor charts for an upper-grade class
Teachers working together
Upper-grade teachers check out each other's work
Read Full Post »