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Math Centers


Math centers with math games, manipulatives, and activities 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 them 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:
  • 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.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how this middle school teacher uses math centers in her classroom. The video explains what students are doing in each center. Her class is divided into three stations: a small group lesson with the teacher, students using Chromebooks to work with a math product, and students using I-pod touches to work on various math apps. As an extension, some students work on creating projects that their classmates can learn from.

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