In the morning:
There is actually quite a lot going on during this time. Students are moving into small remediation groups with my aide or myself, they are getting homework checked, they unpack their things, they are recording their daily attendance money from our classroom economy into their registers, and they are working on their morning work. But through all of this, there is not a word to be heard. Everyone knows where to go and what to do, so they are productively working within 5 minutes of entering the room. I really am not exaggerating this. 5 minutes and everyone is on task with their work.
|Example of our morning work|
The Table Captains are checking in homework (you can read about it here), my bankers are passing out dollars for those who came to school on time, and my aide and I are pulling small remediation groups.
This is when Calendar Math happens. Kids come in, begin working on Calendar, I can pull a small group or prepare my lesson, and everything is silent. Since there is less movement than in the morning, the work/silent time begins almost immediately.
|The Calendar Packet is out on the desk, ready to go|
Silent reading, plain and simple.
What I think makes this even more successful is that every time we leave the room, the students take out what it is that they will be working on when we get back. They put it neatly on their desk and know exactly what to do when we enter again because it is there. No time is wasted looking for the work.
All of this took a lot of training, but it is well worth it in the end. No time is wasted in class because people aren't sure what to do. We have the same routine daily, helping us to maximize the school time.
What is your routine like? Any tips you can share with us?