It's very late in the day, I know it!! But I couldn't let Tuesday slip away without getting my Team Teaching post up! My East Coast friends are probably already asleep for the night. I'm hoping some of my West Coast friends are still with me. Today was a bit of a whirl-wind day. I had a mix up on the dates a book study I go to once a month with a cohort at my school. I thought it was next Tuesday but oh no, it was today.
In any case...here's my Team Teaching Tuesday topic this week.
Am I the only one who likes to look at other people's schedules? I love seeing how other teachers organize their day. Granted, I know some of us have a ton of control in how we organize our schedule and some of us have little to no control at all. But for whatever reason, I always like to see them :)
This is a picture of our schedule today. On Tuesday's my kids are in art the entire last hour of the day. It's by far my favorite plan time of the week because of that solid hour. However, it doesn't give us much time to get a lot done in the afternoons. I have one of those schedules that changes daily. Some days I have two specials, other days I have one. I miss having specials at the same time for the same length of time every day. I like the consistency. However even with the different specials times daily, I have certain times of the day when I like to do things.
Morning Work: I start every morning with these Good Morning Work packs!! They're our favorite! They buy me a few extra minutes to get in things like attendance, lunch count, etc in the mornings.
Literacy: First thing in the morning. 90 minutes of whole group and guided reading/small group instruction instruction.
Snack & Story: Everyday around 10:30 (or as close as I can get to that time with specials) we have snack and story. The kids grab their snack and take it to the carpet and eat while I read them a picture book. It keeps snack to about ten minutes tops and gives everyone something to do at that time, even if they are snack-less. It's also an easy way for me to squeeze in an extra just for fun read aloud!
Math: I usually do math the hour before lunch (today was an exception for a special activity I needed more time for)and we always begin with our Math Meeting (calendar time & math review rolled into one) and move into my math groups and stations. Some days, I do an extra round of math stations in the afternoon too when I need more time.
Read to Self: Right after lunch my kids go to recess. When they get in I read them a quick chapter from a chapter book and then they do Read to Self for about 15 minutes. This gives me time to pull kiddos for 1 on 1 reading and quick running records.
Then we roll into Writing or Science & Social Studies. Which one depends on the day. Some days I have time for a full writers workshop. Other days I don't be I always integrate a lot of writing into our Science & Social Studies so some days they become one in the same.
Afternoon Recess: We try to squeeze in one more quick one every afternoon
Even though this is my *general* schedule, flexibility is the name of my game. If I've got an extra fun lesson or activity planned, I move things around to accommodate as needed. My kids like their routine, but they can also be pretty go with the flow when I need them to be! :)