Since Chapter 1, I've been thinking about those management boards and worrying about how much time it takes to place all the students in a center. In our classrooms we have TVators (A TV that displays your compter screen). What if you made a master self-running ( or looped) PowerPoint presentation that you just changed details like page numbers and math station numbers each day. At the beginning of math time, you would display the computer screen on the TVator and students would look there for what they were to do next. No schedules or papers to pass out each day.
The presentation would be timed to change screens each 10 or 15 seconds and repeat the presentation over and over. When ever the student needed to see what they needed to do they just watched the screen until their group was displayed.
Click HERE to see what the Looped PowerPoint Presentation might look like. Notice that several different math stations would be offered as stations that could be used. Certain photographs would be used over and over until a child could glance at the screen and realize exactly what activity was to be done.
So this is how the overall math time would look like:
9:00 - 9:30 Teacher is teaching the 2nd Graders up in the front of the room at 2 small tables near the whiteboard. (same space that is used for small group reading groups)
Meanwhile 1st graders are completing their journal pages and doing their math stations.
9:30 - 10:00 Teacher is teaching the 1st Graders up in the front of the room at 2 small tables near the whiteboard. Meanwhile 2nd Graders are completing their journal pages from today and doing their math stations.
WHAT DO YOU THINK? Of course this same idea might be used in a single grade classroom also.