Why are math stations so popular in classrooms? Great question! Math stations provide the flexibility for teachers and students to excel. This is all while completing different activities suited to the needs of each student.
Sounds dreamy right? Well, it is!
Let’s dive a little deeper, shall we?
Math Stations Allow Flexibility
One of my favorite things about math centers is that each student can be working on a different concept. There is no rule that every station needs to be on the same concept or at the same level. This flexibility means that every student is able to work on the skill they need.
Another level of flexibility involves how the station is completed. Traditionally, math games are completed in a group of two or three students, but again, this is not hard and fast. Centers can be completed individually, in partners, in small groups, or even whole class depending on your needs. The possibilities are endless!
Math Centers Provide Practice
This one may seem obvious, but my reason for including it is that math games provide practice that students actually want to take part in. Instead of a worksheet, most math stations include game-like elements and this gamification builds instant engagement.
Win-win! Students get to practice and enjoy themselves while doing so.
Math Games Are Multi-Use
I already mentioned the different groupings which can be used with math games, but what about the different settings.
Of course, math stations can be used in class through rotations, but they can also be used in small groups, with tutoring, or even as homework.
The best feedback I ever received from families about homework is when I would send home a math game each week. Families were able to play together, keeping the adults informed as to what students needed to work on without meaningless worksheets that students hated.
Math Stations Build Social Skills
In most cases, students are working in math centers with a partner or small group. This interaction comes with built-in social skill-building, and let’s be honest, we can all use a little more of this.
By modeling how to play each game, we also have the opportunity to model taking turns, greeting a partner, playing fair, and more!
Math Centers Provide Spiral Review
As I mentioned above, math stations allow you to choose which skills students are practicing. This means you can review skills throughout the year in these centers using engaging games and without taking up precious class time.
Why Math Games Are So Popular
By now, I hope you can see why math stations are so popular in classrooms. To snag your own set of low-prep stations and get started right away click here.