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I like to divide my students into 4 or 5 groups depending on the topic/size of the class.
I use the left side of the bulletin board to show students what group they are in.
To stick with my classroom theme I have:
On the right side I have these great wooden pieces from Michael's again.
Even before the teacher discount (wooo!) I think they were maybe 59 cents each?
I normally do two rotations during math workshop a day.
So once students see which picture their name is under,
they then check which station their symbol is under.
It takes a little practice but after a few days the transition runs rather smoothly.