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My school has the students use choice boards almost daily along side of small group instruction and I haven't quite figured out how I am to manage "my students" so that they are successful in their assignments.

Oct 16, 2013 8:43pm

My students are 6th graders and are the lower level of their grade, since my school tracks students. It has been difficult to keep students on task. In addition to the fact that I was rehired to the district just 2 weeks ago, which was approx. 3 weeks into the school year.

  • English Language Arts / Math / Science / Social Studies
  • 6-8
  • Behavior / Class Culture / Differentiation / Engagement / English Language Learners / Planning

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    • Oct 29, 2013 10:29pm

      Thank you Yolanda for your advice as well, I have started to model the various choice board activities. However I just feel like I have a whole host of problems I am dealing with right now and its not looking very good. To stick to the theme of this post though I have indeed used the I do, we do, you do model. I have noticed that the staff that creates the choice boards normally puts a "must do" activitiy on the sheet, so I typically start there to ensure that students are on task and understand what is expected. (I have another post that I will create on my latest of issues, if you have a moment please read that post as well.)

      • Oct 19, 2013 6:59pm

        Well I thank you for responding, and I have definitely considered using the Whole Brain Teaching strategies, I just feel like the school is big on upholding the "school Instructional model" so I don;t want to be chastised for deviating from the their way of "instruction". I will definitely need to figure out a plan for the choice boards even if I choose to use Whole Brain Teaching. The school requested that teachers use the same rules and consequences across the board. And I would much rather use the 5 simple rules from Whole Brain Teaching.

        • Nov 8, 2013 9:32am

          Make sure that there are clear expectations on what is to be done on the choice boards, as well as the expectations of what is to be done while you are pulling your small group. sometimes students are confused about what their behavior should be while you are working with students in a small group. Be very explicit!