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Old 10-29-2018, 06:26 PM
 
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Any other pull out teachers in here? I need some ideas on how to keep kids busy in my little room while they wait for the rest of the group to arrive. They trickle in over 5 minutes and I need something consistent that they can do to stay occupied.

And any classroom management tips? Itís a bit different than a regular room and we also donít have as much time together to get to know each other and come up with rules and procedures before we have to jump into the curriculum. So I need to have some things in place


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I'm a reading specialist who works with small groups K-5.

I have done 2 different things when I have kids that show up a few minutes apart from each other. For some groups, I give them a chance to read while we wait for the rest of the students. They read books from my class library and leave a bookmark with their name in the book they are reading so they can come back to it over multiple days.
For groups that need more structure, I put something I want specific students to work on at their spot so that they can come in and get started. Typically that would be things like word flashcards, sentence strips, a decodable or leveled text that they have already read with me, etc.

Classroom management tips: use time in the beginning to make things run smoothly going forward. I don't spend time developing rules or procedures WITH the groups, but I do spend quite a bit of time in the first few weeks establishing MY expectations and directing routines so that students know what I expect. My goal for myself is to get students to a place where they could help a sub if I were gone: do students know where we keep our group materials? Do they know our routines as far as where we sit and when (in my younger kid groups they start sitting on my rug, older kids are always at the table)? Etc. If this is new to you, I'd think about: how you want kids to enter the room, what you want them to do when they first come in, expectations re: answering - raising hands? answering chorally? etc., what will happen if students aren't meeting expectations, what happens when group ends, where materials are stored and who gets those and puts them away.

I teach groups of up to 6 students for anywhere from 30-60 minutes. We have enough routines that it is pretty rare for me to deal with significant behaviors. When that does happen, I will stop what we are doing to address it immediately, because it's the best chance I have to stop it from interfering with what we need to do as a group. Kids seem to enjoy my group, and I make sure they know that we have a lot of learning to do in not that much time - we don't have time to waste.
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Old 11-19-2018, 05:10 AM
 
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Use a game like sight word or math fact Kaboom to play until they all get there. If you can find something that they all want to do it might encourage them to arrive promptly.

Do you need math or reading activities?
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Don't let them dawdle- time is money
Old 12-03-2018, 04:13 AM
 
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This is precious learning time!!

Leave 5 mins earlier and go and get them from their classrooms yourself!
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