I would love to hear how you do Guided Math rotations.

One of my frustrations is guided reading, guided math, writing centers (could be called guided writing). This is LOTS of rotations for a day. At four rotations pers subject...that is 12 stations a day. We have to plan and prep them all. Kids seem to learn that if they can ignore for 15 minutes, they will change to something else.

Would love to hear your ideas and thoughts, especially ideas for Math.

I started having math centers after our lesson of the day, and I pull students from their centers for guided math. They stay at their center the entire time (about 20 minutes) and I rotate centers for the following day. It cuts out the transitions, which were a nightmare.

So, I have 3 center activities.
iPads, hands on activity such as puzzles, and partner game. The rest of the week, I use the same centers, but each day their group gets a different center. Hope that makes sense.

I don’t do literacy centers, we use the workshop model. Independent reading then partner reading. I work with individuals and small groups during independent reading.

If I am understanding this right, you meet with a small group while the other kids are at a 20 minute center. So you meet with each child in a group once a week? That would be a good way for me to start...thanks for the idea. My admin. is suggesting we meet with each child 2-3 times a week in a small group, but I can't figure out how to make that happen.

I take myself out of the center rotation so they all have a center to go to. I pull from the centers, and when I am done with them, they return to their center of the day. I can pull 2 groups a day.

If I were you I would cut down on the number of total rotations per day. I only do one literacy center per day, and they do a new one each day (so only four total). I can't stand doing multiple rotations and all of the planning, transitions, and chaos it creates. You can either just meet with each group once per week, or not make yourself a rotation and pull them out of their center in small groups (which is much more flexible).

I used to have a math flow that I loved. We would do calendar, then game time, then a whole group lesson, then one rotation (I was a rotation). Each lasted 15-20 minutes. It was enough variety to keep the kids engaged, but not so much planning and they weren't required to stay independent for 45 minutes or more.

Tell me more about your one rotation. Also wondering more about game time.
All doing the same game?
How long?
How to prep one game for 20 kids?
On your “rotation” was it more worksheet or STEM based?
What resources did you use to create your rotation?

I've amassed and created a bunch of games over the year, so as soon as we introduced a new one it would go in our math games bin. I always had some that were a review of the previous concept and some that practiced the new concept. Kids could choose any game.

I honestly can't remember what the one rotation was (this was 4 or 5 years ago). We have a math app we use, so I'm sure that was one. And then some independent work from the curriculum. I also have lots of hands on math practice activities I use, so would throw those in as well. I think I did three groups, so it wasn't a ton of prep.

I know that's not super helpful. I just wish I could get back to this schedule!