|Get them from playing and exploring with materials (HERE) to using those same materials in meaningful ways during center/station time (THERE).|
Ok so what do those first two weeks ‘LOOK’ like? I’m going to show you. But before I do remember, the goal is to learn routines and procedures and to let them explore and become independent. That being said, I have 6 stations going at one time. This year I have a student teacher at the beginning of the year so I will have two ‘Teacher Led’ or ‘Meet the Teacher’ stations within those 6. Those first couple of weeks of school, I’m not doing guided reading. Those teacher led stations are for introducing materials and activities and stepping back as quickly as possible to see where they need assistance and guidance. In this schedule, you will see there are stations I labeled as ‘exploring’ meaning there really isn’t any instruction other than ‘explore,’ and there are stations that are labeled as ‘independent.’ Independent stations are the ones that have already been introduced by a teacher and that should be familiar to students. Will they be perfect? No, but you re-address issues during your post station whole group meeting. It will get better. Trust me.So take a quick look and see how I have them set up:
This is week one.
If you want to download these so you can take a better look at them, go ahead. I put them on a google doc. I know some of you are looking at this schedule and saying…’where’s read to self.’ We work on read to self as a whole group until they are able to do it for 15 minutes. Once they build their stamina up to that point, I move it into my station rotation. Also please note, these are the activities and stations that I am going to be using in my class so I like to have my students become familiar with them as quickly as possible so that when they change thematically or seasonally, they are familiar with the materials and procedures. You don’t have to use these activities. These are just what I like. You may have completely different ideas and activities and that is perfectly OK. I just want to give a little visual of the Back to School Stations I will be using so you can see what some of these activities might look like as your students explore and then as they transition into independent, meaningful work. So here’s a little tour…
Exploring Bingo Dotter Work