Thursday, June 28, 2012

Organizing Math Materials

I'm reading Math Work Stations by Debbie Diller and totally loving it!

In Chapter 2- Organizing and Managing Math Materials, she suggests taking out all your math stuff and make it easier to find.  Think of the acronym S.P.A.C.E. created by Julie Morgenstern.

  1. Sorting your stuff- take EVERYTHING out.  I thought that I had all my math materials organized, but I kept finding more things in all corners of my classroom!  Take them out of their container and put them in piles according to your math units. (I wish I had a picture of my classroom to show you this step.  Imagine all the furniture pushed to one side of the room and then EVERY BIT OF FLOOR SPACE covered with papers, books, manipulatives and empty containers.  Ugh)