I've had years when I start the day singing (and I'm still a great believer in this!) but this year it hasn't worked out that that is a possibility. In the E-Z class, even though we are team teaching, unfortunately we are in two separate rooms next to each other. This means we spend from 9-920 in our own rooms, doing the above tasks, and then come together for our day of learning. It has worked well, but I still hate the idea of the kids not using that 20 minutes as some kind of learning experience! Who says they can't be learning while I call the roll, or sort through the money that is coming in for our trip to MOTAT next week?
Solution? MORNING WORK!
Each morning we have 5 questions written on the board (or in a powerpoint if I am on to it!). These questions are generally based on what we have been learning. A maths strategy questions, or a reflection from what the learning was the day before. It's Book Week this week so Mrs Z has some questions today based on books. It's an E-Z way to have the kids actively learning from the second they get in the class.
On Friday we have a fun activity for the kids to complete. A wordsearch, or a spot the difference, the possibilities are endless!
It has made the mornings a lot less stressful! It means that I can call the roll, and collect money, and talk to any kids I need to without the rest of the class sitting around making a nuisance of themselves.
|The kids are each given a morning work book that they can decorate.|
|We give them 5 questions a day, but really you could do as many as you wanted.|
|During Samoan Cultural week we had an arty Friday activity|
|A Friday activity, taken from the internet.|
|Even on the last day of the term we make them work!|
|An example of some of the questions we have used.|
(If you would like a copy of the template we used for the morning work books, send an me email and I will send it out to you!)