Math centers support learner interests and promote the development of more complex math skills and social interactions. Having centers or stations with activities that students can do independently and with peers supports differentiation and allows all students to meaningfully practice their math skills. When students are engaged in these centers practicing current math material or moving to more advanced concepts, teachers also have the opportunity to work with a small group who needs an extra lesson.

- Depending on the types of activities a teacher chooses for each math center, students can practice a variety of skills:
- Math games and manipulatives can be used to target specific math skills.
- Having different ways for students to practice and exhibit their learning, such as student-generated problems or creating visual representations, supports individual learning needs.
- Materials that encourage number and math talk with peers improve Math Communication.
- Cooperative learning methods, such as collaborative problem solving or reciprocal teaching, boost Social Awareness & Relationship Skills.

- Products are often used as both a collaborative and independent center activity. By intentionally designing for open-ended problems and interaction, developers can promote discovery and exploration, supporting positive Emotion for math learning.

Watch how this fifth grade teacher uses math centers in her classroom. Her class is divided into four stations: a small group lesson with the teacher, students using Chromebooks to work with an edtech product, and students working collaboratively to apply what they have learned.

Mathematics

Algebraic Thinking

Arithmetic Fact Retrieval

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Math Communication

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Operations

Proportional Reasoning

Statistical Reasoning

Cognition

Attention

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Inhibition

Long-term Memory

Sensory Integration

Short-term Memory

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Speed of Processing

Working Memory

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