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What are some of your best strategies for encouraging students to manage their own time in the classroom?

Sep 24, 2014 5:51am

  • Class Culture
  • Group Management


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    • Sep 28, 2014 6:56am

      I have been teaching first grade for many years. A few summers ago I read The Daily Five and The Cafe. My classroom went through a complete transformation the following fall. The excitement I radiated to the students was contagious! The students independence of their own learning began to come alive. They make choices about the activities they will do each day during certain time frames. At first this was only in the ELA block. It has now flowed into math. In addition, one of my colleagues and I recently read Students Taking Charge by Nancy Sulla. Together with the collaboration of our teammates we are planning and creating activities to help our students make more and more choices about their learning. We are creating How-to sheets, short video lessons, and assigning digital lessons for the students to complete independently. Everyday is an adventure in the life of a teach! The best way to model independent learning is to do it yourself!

      • Oct 6, 2014 5:06pm

        Helping students know how much time they have for a given activity has helped me. These visual timers are great!