Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Easy Center Differentiation for Reading and Math Workshop

Hey, friends! I hope everyone enjoyed taking a peek into the classrooms of all the Georgia Peaches in September. You must keep checking back with us in October, we have some awesome things planned!

But I am here today from my blog A Primary Owl to show you how I differentiate during my Reading and Math Workshop time. Hopefully you can get a few ideas to help with your Reading and Math Workshop rotations.

I have one big rotation board on my metal cabinet that looks like this:
I move my groups up through the different stations. One thing I find that my students want is a choice to Read with a Partner OR Read to Self. So I put those two choices together. Then I make Word Work one choice. Then I have Writing and Listen to Reading together.

Notice, one BIG thing....I am no where in this rotation. I realized I needed more flexibility to work with the students I needed to meet with. One day, I may conference with individuals on CAFE goals, some days I meet with Literature Circles. Either way, I don't mess up their rotations and being able to go to every center.

I do the same thing with my Math Workshop Centers.

Now for the differentiation of my centers! So I differentiate all my activities by color, which really is not a new idea at all. The thing that makes my centers unique is STUDENT CHOICE. All of students know that the pink will be the "easier" activity, green will be the "average" (or we say medium to make it kid friendly) and the blue is the "challenge" activity. Often I might say I need everyone to complete the green activity before making another choice. After that they can make choices in their own learning. I change out my activities as our skills change.

I even have a Morning Work board called Jump Start. Students can choose a Jump Start activity after they finish their morning work and they are also color-coded in the same way.

Thanks for stopping by! 
Don't forget to come back often in October.....you'll be so glad you did! 
Deanna































4 comments:

  1. I love the idea of student choice for differentiation Deanna! So many times we place students in groups where WE think they need to be and sometimes students are up for an extra challenge or maybe some extra practice for a difficult concept. Thanks for sharing:)

    Tammy
    The Resourceful Apple

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  2. Thank you for your sweet comment Tammy!

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  4. How do you keep students accountable in centers? How do you monitor that they are choosing appropriate activities for themselves? I typically do a double sided activity and one side is much easier than the other, but this is not always possible for every center if it is a hands on game so I like your ideas of colors.

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