You all know my slight fixation with efficiency. My day is buuuusy and I try to make the most of every minute. Trying to fit in everything from literacy to life skills and everything in between within one school day can be complicated to say the least.
Last week, when I was posting about making a visual ‘cheat sheet’ for setting up daily picture schedules…
… I had a EUREKA moment. I should be doing this for my independent work station. We call this table time in my class and it’s my claim to fame – most organized and space saving independent work system ever. We can store over 50 work tasks for all of my (wide range ability level) students on two shelves. Okay, I’ll stop bragging.
The only bummer about this system is that it can take a while to set up each day. My classroom and my coworker’s class all use this system each day – so that’s 20 kids. Figuring out which kids can do which tasks and how not to give two kids the same task at the same time – can take a few minutes.
Buuuuuut – problem solved: I made some “cheat sheets” for this too. I made premade schedule for which numbers/letters each student will do.
I made 5 different versions so there is one for each day of the week. That way students won’t be repeating the same activity during the week at all. One of my paraprofessionals sets up the schedule each afternoon and she cannot stop talking about why we haven’t done this years ago. So if it has her seal of approval – it must be good.
Just hang one of the templates next to the schedule, throw up the corresponding numbers/letters and you are done 🙂
timer savers = my best friend