Yesterday, I talked about my listening station on my Facebook Page and there was a little discussion about how I had mine set up. I decided to show mine (brace yourself… it is not going to change your life)!
1 & 2: I have all of the materials my students need in the basket. Two students share the book. I keep the CD cover in the bin also. This makes it easy to swap out the book at the end of its rotation. There is a little sandwich container that has a set of crayons, 2 pairs of scissors, and 2 glue sticks. It is hard to see, but I put a little duct tape “flag” on the handles of scissors. This reminds students that the scissors are part of a “station” set of materials.
3: I put little stickers on the buttons I want them to press. Green=Play, Red=Stop, Yellow=Power. Nothing revolutionary there!
4: This player is just a cheap-y that I got at Wal-Mart when my expensive “school proof” one went belly-up. I have a headset jack and headsets (in my closet), but it drove me batty! I have trained my students to keep the volume low. I like hearing the player going and it does not appear to disrupt others.
5: I am really excited about having response pages that are specific to that particular listening station book. Today some of my students listened to Prairie Chicken Little. They had to listen to the story and sequence it all in 20 minutes…ummm… no goofing off here folks! The book was about 8 1/2 minutes long, so they had to focus… but they did it! So much better than… “I’m done” after 9 minutes.
In other news…
I mentioned a few weeks ago about how the teachers in my building had to take a sample 3rd grade state test and it was NO JOKE! It was straight-up challenging. I had selected the 3rd grade version because I thought, “I don’t really feel like working hard.” This is what I found out. A) It was hard. B) I needed more caffeine. C) Our babies are going to need REALLY good keyboarding skills.
I take my class to the computer lab each week. This is what we did this week.
My kinders hung out at this game.
At first they were a little panicked. I kept hearing, “Where’s the ‘P’!!” Soon they settled in and became very good at finding those letter keys (good for letter recognition too!)
By the way, I was not asked to review this program (and they do not know me from the man on the moon). I just thought it was too awesome to not share with you!