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re: opening routine
[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]Teri Sanford
Wed, 14 Apr 1999 07:52:22 -0500
For my K-5 classes, I have visuals up on the board and they
come in and sit on the carpet in front. I am lucky enough to
have room for a large throw rug and most of the kids can fit on
it. Others sit on the floor behind the rug. They have very
little time to get "settled" before we begin. Often I will
choose some of the best "sitters" to help me get the supplies on
For my MS/HS classes, I have a sketchbook assignment on the
board when they enter. They have about 15 min to get it done
(never too complicated) while I check roll, etc. They can also
use this time to leave & get a drink or sharpen pencils, etc.
At the end of that time, they have to stop and join the
discussion. For the MS, I make them come to the carpet to
discuss (because they would not listen if they were in their
seats). With HS, we have fewer long discussions because they
want to get back to their projects. With MS we have longer
discussions because when they are left to do a product, they
kind of lose control. I have to be the wicked witch of the west
with them. They break my pencils, steal stuff, never shut their
mouths for 5 seconds, etc. I think it takes more than I have to
teach MS! Thank God I don't have to do that next year!!