Remember last week when I said I have a particularly challenging class? Well, that statement still rings true! I love my little first graders so much but they sure have their days! If you've noticed I have changed things and evolved a lot this year and the reasoning is because these little kiddos are just something else. Rotations this week went absolutely Hay-wire! I got in 1 guided reading lesson for each group this week and 2 for my low group. That is just NOT okay with me... so, once again something has to change!
I love stations and need stations to work in my classroom because they give great continuing practice on concepts. Students also practice the phonics concept of the week at stations and I need them engaged so I can do guided reading groups! SO, GUESS WHAT?! We're going on review rules overdrive! The rotations aren't working with them (anymore) because their beginning to chat--no matter how many times we practice and go over the rules. Totally rips out my hear because I just want it to work so bad!
Here are the things I am changing and doing to hopefully get this going!
(Friends, I really hope I get this figured out before the year is over)-Were you like this at the beginning of your teaching career?!!
1. I am going to begin making my stations a bit more simple. I want to have games and manipulatives at the stations because they are engaging and they take little prep. I am spending too much time prepping for literacy stations and I would rather spend that times on the guided reading lessons.
These choices will be at literacy stations:
-I will still put out stations I make but only one set and the recording form will be in a page protector.
Each week we will add on and there will be at least 3-4 sets to choose from.
-Play dough mats (Sight words or phonics skill)
-Providing a roll and read activity each week on the phonics skill
-Sight Word Sticks (Reagan Tunstall-<3)
-Sight Word Activities
*This week I am putting in a read and roll to ease us into sight word games*
I purchased this and their is some great stuff in here that I will be utilizing for sure!
-We will also be incorporating this to literacy stations to practice nouns, verb and adjectives!
**I may add more and switch some out as the year goes on but for now I think this will be engaging enough** :)
2. Behavior PLAN!
I am going to get little magnets and each day after stations the group that did the best throughout all of the rotations will earn a 'magnet' by their group. The group with the most stars at the end of the week will earn a piece candy at the end of the week! I love how students are so easy to please :)
I am just going to make their magnets to save me some mulla! Here they are if you want to use them. I am just printing, laminating and attaching some magnet tape to the back!
I am using this poster to display station rules!
I am a teacher that is definitely not afraid to try new things but I don't want to change things so much that we have a whole new 'thing' going on in the classroom. These changes are subtle and I hope they help with this station behavior situation.
That's it for today! Now, I am off to start printing and laminating!