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Lesson Plans

Re: Catch up

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Stephanie Ignazio (smi)
Sat, 16 Jan 1999 13:15:13 -0500

Hello Sharon and everyone else:
I read your posting and truly sympathize. I teach over 800 children in one
week and with my 40 minute classes, I too find it crazy trying to "catch up"
students who have missed the first part of a lesson. Basically, being on a
cart makes it extremely difficult to continuously bring everything for every
lesson of every class each week.especially because my schedule is nuts with
some days having 5 different grades in one the way I work it is for
the first week after the project I TRY to bring the materials we used the
week before. Before I start the project I ask if anyone is absent so that I
can TRY and remember to bring the stuff the following week. If I don't
remember or as has been happening lately..getting new students with out any
notice I sometimes depending on the project let them do an indepepndent
project that they choose and skip the current project. They like the
responsibility. With new students I try to swing them right into the current
project especially if we are working in groups and it is feasible. I also
have an in-progress folder that I bring with me to each classroom. In there
are pieces that we just had to stop doing because we needed to move on. I
tell the kids that when they finish the current project to check the
in-progress folder and see if they need to finish anything else. ( I still
have a color-spectrum mosaic in there from October waiting to be done!) What
I have a problem with is enrichment activities that can stand in as
fillers...if they have nothing to do. I find myself sick of saying "draw
anything you'd like" or continuously being met with "I don't know what to
do". It's like once in a while the kids just lose their imaginations. I find
that especially true with my 6th graders. Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks Stephanie