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How do you mark the tables and routine


Date: Thu Sep 09 2004 - 07:34:55 PDT

Here's my routine for elementary 40 min. sessions each class once a week:
Students file in and sit pretzel-style, 5-in-a-row on the "Magic Carpet", a very
large area rug on the side of my room. We discuss the day's lesson.(5-10 min)
 Next, everyone gathers around the Demonstration Table- I have one in the
center of the kids' horseshoe shaped work tables. We all say together and do
this," Hands by my side, and one step back. Freeze, please." The older kids have
their own version-rap style and take turns leading it rap style! I don't
care how they say it as long as they are SILENT and UNMOVING during my 5 minute
demo. I never continue until everyone is perfectly still and focused on the

After the demo they return to their tables to create. I keep supplies on
shelves I had made underneath the demo table in the center of the horseshoe work
tables. Two students a month at each of the three tables take turns as
monitors. They get and return supplies, as well as clean-up for the table. I refer
to my tables as Table #1, Table #2, Table #3, although I really should
designate famous artists names. Two long tables put together make up table #1, and
so forth, with about 8 children per table in a horseshoe shape. I have clean-up
down to 5 min.-still allows only 30 min. work time- not enough!

I stick with this routine for K-5, and my classes practically run
themselves...LOL...just how I like it...They know what to expect from me and they know
what I expect of them. Kids need routine, but I know you know that, Sky, 'cause
you are my New Jersey (or is it Penn. now) counterpart! We teach so
similiarly. Are you going to National this year, Sky? Would love to see you again,
it's been a while!
Susan on Long Island