## How to Implement Stations in Middle School Math

Stations in middle school math are an effective way to engage your students. Here are 7 tips to implement stations in your classroom.

Decide on what you want your students to learn or review with the stations. Write the learning objective on the board.

**2. Plan the stations**

Plan activities that you want your students to do at each station. These activities should support your learning objective and meet different learning styles of your students. If you don't want to make your own stations, then check out the links at the end of this article.

**3. Set up the stations**

Assign a specific area in your classroom for each station. Each station should include clear instructions. You could laminate the instructions to be used year after year.

**4. Introduce the stations**

Explain each station, and give your students a clear understanding of the expectations of each activity.

**5. Rotate the groups**

Create groups and assign each group a station to start at. Clearly explain how the groups will rotate around the classroom.Have a set amount of time for each station. Set a timer and have students rotate when the timer is up.

**6. Monitor and assess**

Walk around the classroom as students are completing their stations. Take note of their level of understanding.

**7. Debrief and discuss**

After the stations are completed, bring the class together for a discussion of what they learned. I always have them write in their journals key concepts that were reviewed or taught during the stations.

**Check out these stations that are ready to go for your middle school math classroom.**

**Number Systems**

**Expressions & Equations**

- Distributive Property
- Factoring and Multiplying Polynomials
- Equivalent Expressions
- Solving Equations
- Systems of Equations
- Inequalities
- Exponent Properties
- Equations with Variables on Both Sides

**Proportional Relationships**

**Functions & Graphing**

**Geometry**

- Angles and Equations
- Circle Area
- Triangles
- Area, Surface Area, and Volume
- Transversals and Parallel Lines, Interior Angles, Exterior Angles
- Pythagorean Theorem
- Congruence and Similarity
- Volume of Cones and Spheres

**Probability & Statistics**

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