So is this you? Your plans are beautifully drawn up, but by the end of the day, you find you just couldn’t find the time to get to everything on your schedule?
I had a few days like this ~ but plans are not my wish, it is what I am striving for.
So this week I added a timer to each section of my day. Morning work~timer, calendar~ timer, word work~timer and so forth. THEN, I added a timer for transitions. I told my students we were going to do “Minute to Win It!” Oh my goodness, they were pumped! Example: They had 2 minutes to “neatly and completely” clean up their stations, put their station work in the station work bins, and meet me on the carpet. It only took them 1 1/2 minutes.”Winners” got 1 Smartie (not a whole pack, just one).
Flash forward to the end of my day. I was able to check everything off my list, I had 20 minutes to spare, AND I did not have to motivate kids to get moving… Color me HAPPY!
Speaking of happy… my stations made me smile! My class loves Roll, Say, Keep! The frosting containers save us SO MUCH TIME!
They did a great job of comparing numbers! (pretend you don’t see my finger in this picture…ha!)
I was nervous about how independent they would be on this one. But gosh darn it! They were great! I sat with them to get them started and they just took off! You can find “coin collector” by clicking HERE.
We love “being the teacher” during our Reading about Math center.
What are some of the ways you shave minutes off of your day? How to you keep on schedule?