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... Lovin' my stations again this week. Here is a look:
|They giggled when they landed on RECESS! I love how this familiar game never gets old!|
|They did a great job comparing numbers!|
|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!|
|Reading about Math~ This was cute, he was being the teacher to his partner.|
|Most coveted math station this week.|
|Another great comparison station. I had to add a large jar to hold the cards. There was wasted time getting the cards all in order. The jar worked like a charm. They spent time comparing numbers, not fussing with cards. Yay!|
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What are some of the ways you shave minutes off of your day? How to you keep on schedule?