Morning Review & Practice
What do you typically give your students to do when they arrive at school? I have students arrive at 7:15 up until 7:50 when the bell rings. Keeping them engaged can be a challenge. In the past I've given students some type of language or math practice to do that they turned in by Friday. My hopes were to check their progress each day. Well, you know how that goes. Some students wouldn't get it done or they showed up right before the bell rang and had no time to complete it. That usually meant they just sat there while I went over the work. Yes....I know what you are thinking...why not have them do it while we check it? I've tried that too. I see a lot of waisted paper!
This year I have many students with IEPs. The morning for me is the perfect time to pull a student to the side to work on a goal, do a quick fluency check, or record informal observations. With so many students who struggle with reading, I was finding that I spent most of my morning with a long line of students wanting me to read directions or questions on the sheet that I put at their seat. This took away from the time I could be working on "real" things with individual students. So...the past 2 weeks I tried something new. Students now come in my room, copy their agenda for the day, and then spend the rest of their time practicing math facts on their tables using dry erase marker. This is the skill I've chosen for now because they remain very weak in that area. They LOVE IT! They think they are doing something "bad" by writing on the tables so of course they get a kick out of it. They each have a baby sock they put on their hands to erase. These stay in their pencil box.
At the end of the day the tables are wiped clean with Clorox Wipes. Some students choose to practice their spelling words too. I think that's awesome! Each week I am thinking of different ways to have a paperless morning work routine. I'll try and share all of them as they come.