Thursday, January 5, 2012

Place Value Math Station and Resolutions

It's January 5th and I've already "broken" one of my resolutions. I knew it would happen, but I really was hoping that I could make it just a *little* bit longer! What was my resolution? To leave school by 5:00. We get out at 3:00, can leave at 3:30 and yet, most days I stay until 6:00... or later. Have I mentioned I generally get there 45 minutes to an hour early as well? Some of that is due to the fact that I don't bring any work home, some of it because I'm an overachiever and a perfectionist, some because... I don't have any kiddos at home to rush home to! That being said, I finally realized during my winter break that I might be a better teacher if I also have a little of my own personal time too. Just to decompress a little and come back each day refreshed. Last semester I got into this routine of staying until 6:15ish, followed by an hour of Pure Barre class, then grocery store or other errand, then make dinner, then eat dinner... then fall into bed and wake up at 5:30 to start all over. I felt like all I did was sleep, eat, school. Because IT WAS all I did! So... I stayed until 6:15 today, but in my defense I spent about an hour of that chatting with a teammate so maybe I could have been on time if I hadn't been socializing! Anyway, the real purpose of this post is to share what I worked on this afternoon for my next round of math stations/centers/tubs/whatever-you-want-to-call-them. We're in a place value unit right now and my kids are truly masters of place value. So much of this unit has been front loaded through calendar activities since the first day of school and it's nice to see all that extra time paying off now! In order to differentiate and meet different levels in my classroom, there are two different versions of this station. It's a simple activity that you can make easier/harder by changing how many cards are in each set or by mixing up the formats or likewise, keeping them in like sets. I created a recording sheet but I typically either have my students record in math journals, or have their station partner check their work. I hope some of you will find this useful!

Ordering With Pictures, Numbers, Words, Standard Form - Challenge Set

Ordering With Pictures, Numbers, Words, Standard Form

What resolutions did you make for 2012? How are you sticking with them so far?


Mrs. K

I'm a new follower and wanted to thank you for sharing your place value resources!!!!

On a side note, I'm a 3rd career,1st year, 1st grade teacher (who was staying until 6pm every night) and FEEL SO MUCH BETTER now that I've stopped. I do take work at home, but I'd rather work from the couch than in my classroom. I also make time EVERY DAY to hit the gym (helps relieve the stress). It's tough trying to find balance. I've had to get over a lot of my perfectionism:)

Miss Griffin

@ Mrs. K - thanks for stopping by! I'm glad you found me! My perfectionism seems to be getting worse every year... this is year 7 so that's concerning, LOL! I am right there with you on the gym - it makes a huge difference and is such a great way to take care of your mental and physical health!


I am horrible about staying late at school too because I am single and have no kids either. We get out at 3:35 and I try to stay no later than 5pm usually. However, this week I have had bus duty that lasts until 4:20 so it is 6 before I leave. Hopefully after this first year of teaching I will get better at this.

Miss Klohn
Adventures of a 6th Grade Teacher

Kristy Cozart

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Heather's Heart

I am one of your newer followers and am a Texas 1st grade teacher too! I found myself agreeing with everything you said! I stay until at least 5:30 and get to school at least 45 minutes early. I have finally convinced myself to not go up on weekends. Part of it is I am OCD and LOVE making activities...hence all of the *freebies* on my blog! =)

Do y'all give the TPRI? I have some *freebies* that help with the task of deleting the initial and final sound if you want to come grab them! We are also getting a visit from a Penguin on the Shelf on Monday! =)

Heather's Heart

Miss Griffin

THANK GOODNESS we cannot get in on the weekends! The fact that it's not and never has been an option is the only thing keeping my social life going - HA!

We don't give TPRI, we do DIBELS, which I think is pretty different. It ONLY tests fluency in 1st which is frustrating because some of my kids are fluent "word callers" as opposed to readers because the comprehension isn't there... but according to DIBELS they're on track! Also, we don't administer it to our kids. Our specialists pull them out, which is good and bad. It's nice that we don't have to interrupt our instructional time to assess and then later enter data, but I also think that my kids might do better if they took it with me. There's and upside and a downside to everything, I guess.


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