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Old 01-03-2010, 12:25 PM
 
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I'd like to start Quiet time as part of responsive classroom. I teach first grade.

1. What are your choices?
2. I have a great group of kids, but they are always obsessed with their friends choices even if they are independent activities. How do you have kids make a choice?

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Because of our curriculum push and the mandate to eliminate "fluff", students can either read or write. I usually let them do it with a stuffed animal, sit anywhere they like (I have pillows and beanbags) and choose any book from our library (not just a "just-right" book). They REALLY look forward to this few minutes each day. Sometimes they even confuse this time with our literacy choices (Daily 5)--I love that they can't distinguish because they don't see it as "work". At the beginning of the year, I let them draw but then I weaned them off because of curriculum push. An exception I do have is that if they are doing a "friendship fix" (apology of action), they can work on that (if it is drawing a picture, etc.) during quiet time.
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Old 01-04-2010, 01:53 PM
 
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On a small dry erase board I have their choices;

read
draw
Number Scrolls
write in a daily journal
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work on unfinished work
read out of a themed basket
finish illustrating a published book

The choices on the bottom are rotated choices that don't appear daily.

I would talk about the problem and come up with ideas to stem off that I chose this b/c my friend did. I would use reinforcing language to notice good choices when you see them happening.
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Old 01-05-2010, 11:51 AM
 
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At the beg of the year (I teach kdg) our quiet time is actually naptime (we call it "Rest Stop") and the children have mats & they sleep.

After Christmas break, we transition our Rest Stop from sleeping to quiet activities. I still play some classical music softly in the background. Some choices are: reading - books from class library or student made small books, writing and illustrating, listening center, or just resting (they can put their heads down on the table but my kids rarely make that choice.) One boy in particular needs the rest (and thankfully knows it) so usually twice a week, he'll lay his head down.

Like happygirl444 mentioned, this is a good time to work on friendship fix-its, if needed.
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I started with just reading and writing - they really like it - I sit near the two that are never actually "quiet." I'm not sure those two are ever silent! :-)


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number scrolls?
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They are part of the Everyday Math program...

The children use grid paper (premade) to begin a number grid at 1 and continue it to the highest number they can. We tape them onto a paper towel roll, so it becomes a Number Scroll. Many of my first graders are into the 3-thousands! Great practice for number sense, patterns, counting, place value, handwriting....
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My quiet time is this :

Read
Write
Work on one piece of homework
Write in planner
Draw

We do quiet time at dismissal while waiting for buses. It is a nice relaxing way to end the day. Although at the end of the day they are never quiet. I always have to remind them a zillion times to be quiet. Ugh,.

What consequences do you give for kids not being quiet?
 
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During our rest stop (quiet time) I make a list of "Star Resters" on the whiteboard - everyone's name starts on the list. If someone talks, he/she gets a checkmark and if he/she talks a second time (or is moving around too much and not resting) they get their name erased from the list. At the end of rest stop I read all the names that are still on the list and the reward is hearing your name read. It's so simple yet they all love it.
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