I decided that my old system of setting students up for centers wasn't flexible enough. I needed students to be able to work in more flexible groups, and have this change each and every week. Enter my latest invention. I'm not going to lie and say that this is an easy system to create, set up, organize, or maintain each and every week. I'd be lying if I said I had it mastered so far. And I would be equally as much of a liar if I said my students understood this. Although, they are adapting well, given that this is only their third week using it.
It looks like this:
HERE is where I made it complicated. One of the foundational components of the "Daily 5" which I modified for my classroom is student choice. I needed to give choice. AND I needed to pick some of the cards. So at the start of each center week, I have to set up which cards are "stationary", meaning I pick them and kids don't move them, and which ones I allow for a choice. The nice part is that I usually split it 50/50. That way, I can separate kids who shouldn't be working together at certain stations, while at the same time I allow them choice for others. I am working on a printable that will help me organize it on paper before trying to arrange my cards. I will post on this soon!! :-)