This was the first year that I took on Math centers in my classroom. The real reason we started them was because of the budget issues in PA and well, it's December and we have no books. So! Since I had so much extra time during my math block - centers emerged.
I have a class of 16 so it works out perfect for doing small group work. To group my centers I originally did a leveled grouping based on academic ability. I don't know about in your classroom but my highest group can be a challenge. They are all leaders and therefore struggle to work together. Before we leave for Christmas break I am regrouping them. I feel that kids need to work with all abilities and they learn so much from each other.
I feel that my reading and math center time is some of my best instructional time. Students get to work with the teachers in a small group setting and they are gaining confidence because they are completing tasks and reading independently.
But, I can always use new ideas. Especially for math as this is uncharted territory for me. So imagine my excitement when I saw KinderGals post about a free webinar. you can register here for their webinar.
Check out this subtraction FREEBIE by my co-worker Inspiring Growing Minds.