Friday, July 24, 2015

Moving Beyond the Workbook: Questions and Answers

Hi everyone! Today is the last day in my blog series about "Moving Beyond the Workbook." Now I'm not really finished but next week is my last week of summer vacation so I don't think I'll have time to keep posting. I'll be back periodically with other ideas for you.

Today I'm going to answer some questions that I received about my posts.

(Q1) Do you ever use worksheets?

I do use worksheets. I just use them periodically. I may do one or two worksheets a day. My students usually do a morning sheet and we may do a sheet in math. I would really like to move away from doing a morning sheet but I haven't worked that out yet.  When I use a worksheet, I like to make sure it provides plenty of practice in a fun way. That's why I get most of the worksheets I use from TPT. There are some great printables there that are also fun for the kids.

 (Q2) What do you use instead of worksheets?

In my previous posts this week, I mentioned that I use apps (HERE), would you rather questions (HERE), and songs (HERE). Besides those things, my students do lots of group work. We play games and create our own items. I'll post more about those things later.

(Q3) All the apps you mentioned were for Apple devices. Do you know any for other systems?

No, I don't. I'm a complete Apple girl. But if you know some that you use that aren't Apple apps, please leave the names in the comments.

(Q5) What does your schedule look like?

Well, I'm not really sure what it's going to look like this year so I'll let you know about that one.

Last year, it looked like this:

7:30 - 8:00  Morning sheets, morning announcements, etc.
8:00 - 8:30  Reading groups 1 and 2 (Other students in centers, reading in self, writing, etc.)
8:30 - 9:00   CARE (our phonics program)
9:00 - 9:30    Reading groups 3 and 4
9:30 - 10:00   Reading minilesson
10:00 - 10:45 Special areas
10:45 - 11:15 Grammar/writing
11:15 - 11:45 Math warm-up, minilesson
11:50 - 12:20 Lunch
12:30 - 1:15   Math rotations
1:15 - 2:00     Finish up reading or writing
                     Science or social studies integration
2:00              Pack up
2:15 - 2:35    Recess
2:45              Dismissal

If you have any other questions, please leave them in the comments and I'll try to answer them. I usually email you straight back if you aren't a no-reply blogger.

Thanks for reading this blog series! I hope it helped!

1 comment:

  1. I see "Science or Social Studies Integration" on a few different teacher's schedules that have been shared on blogs. I have way more time than that dedicated to those two subjects....but would LOVE to see a way to condense them to a smaller time slot so I could dedicate more time to reading and writing. Can you share more about that?

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