Let's Talk Workstations, people!
I love making/thinking/adding new workstations for my kiddos to do! I also love calling them workstations because that sounds more like a "work time"! That is just my opinion, though!
I just finished a new pack of station signs including small station signs for the pocket chart/ bulletin board, baskets/bins and areas of the room for organizational purposes!
I find that changing stations every two weeks works best for me and for my kids! I run around 10 different stations at a time. Students go to two different stations a day. On the pocket chart (picture to come soon) sometimes I have a station just once and for other stations I have it on their pocket chart twice. They are all grouped homogeneously - meaning same levels work with each other. That way, higher ability students aren't doing all the work for students who need a little extra support!
Here are the stations in my classroom:
Best-Selling Big Books
World Famous Writers
Read and Write the Room
Brainy Book Bin
Wacky Word Building
I have very high expectations during Station time and each child knows what is expected of them. It takes a lot of time at the beginning of the year setting up expectations but the pay off is worth it! I model, model, model...good and bad behavior! So do the students....and then we critique each other and have a discussion. We make "I can" lists for stations and "Looks like...Sounds like" charts as well!
What are some of your favorite stations in your classroom?
I LOVE World Famous Writers and Lovely Listeners!
Check out my station signs! I love hearing feedback!
Click on the pictures below! I used clipart from My Cute Graphics! Check 'em out!
More to come on Workstations in the future! Organization, planning, procedures to come soon!!
Mrs. Bowder :)