8:40-9:10- Computer lab - keyboarding skills, researching and writing.
Teacher is: Conferencing, leading a guided lesson group, pushing thinking and learning, asking questions, teaching a mini-lesson to a group or to individuals. The teacher never sits down at a desk but is in constant motion facilitating the learning of his/her students.
11:20 to 12:00 – Planning time - we co-plan with the planning time teacher (prep teacher), the students continue working on stations from the morning block. Time is built in to allow students to share their culminating task. (Students realize they will have to present again to the classroom teacher and peers– but that’s OK, they love to share!)
12:00 to 1:00 – Math – Dedicated math time
1:00 to 1:40 – Lunch
1:40 to 2:20 – Gym A day only Presentations & Sharing – B day
2:20 – Independent Reading - We use the first 20 days of independent reading by Fountas and Pinnell as a guide for our reading routine.
Our schedule is not perfect, but it works for now! We are always looking for ways to improve our practice and often that means change. We feel our success, in this inquiry classroom has been to give our students large blocks of time to go deeper, to explore and to create quality pieces of work. Transitions are few, which helps our students with autism.
Next post – I will share examples of the workstations we’ve used. While content/theme changes, there is always a (guided) reading group and writing group. The rest of the workstation may include, drama, art, religion, math, science, social studies, health…it depends. In other words, all areas of the curriculum are integrated into the workstation block.
We would love to hear about how you organize your day. Please leave a comment and share with us. Thanks!
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