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I'm Done, Now What???
Old 07-22-2012, 07:46 PM
 
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The question most of us teachers hate most, "I'm done, now what can I do???"

Hate to say it, but I've always instructed students to "read and relax" when they finished work early. The downfall of this is most rush through their assignments to read and relax! Makes sense.

This year it's time to come up with something creative, but just as easy. I'm not too interested in the task card idea, it's a great one, just not for me. I prefer the students to do something quietly that I will not have to grade or check. Any ideas?? :-)


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What to do when done
Old 07-23-2012, 02:41 AM
 
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I beleive that students should remain engaged in that subject rather than taking out a book after every assignment is done.These need to be taught, so for example, we practice how to study or practice at the beginning of the year.

lang arts/writing-write another_____(poem, story, journal enry...)
reading-keep on reading and responding!
math-study/practice facts on your whiteboard
s.s-read/study interactive notes
spelling-study
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I agree with pp
Old 07-23-2012, 05:34 AM
 
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Last year when teaching math students got out a multiplication math book we made together and worked on facts or practiced them using a deck of cards.

Rd/LA they used a dry erase marker to write their spelling words on their desk, read poems/books around the room, or study their affix flash cards.

SS/Sci quiz themselves over vocab/notes or study the states and capitals.
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I have been working on some activities and created this sheet which I will print on card stock and laminate. I will probably make about four copies so that students can take it back to their seats. Hope you find this useful.
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I'm done activities...
Old 07-23-2012, 09:10 AM
 
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Usually for reading block I have a To-Do Menu listed on chart paper that students can do. For other subjects I would tell them to finish incomplete work or read silently. But this year I'm definitely trying something different! I found this cute idea on Pinterest:


http://teamvfirstgradefun.blogspot.c...h?q=I%27m+done

You could tweak it for whatever subject or grade level.


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I love this! Thank you for sharing.
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Old 07-23-2012, 06:48 PM
 
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After they finish the chosen activity, do they turn it in to you Just wondering how that works.
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I can't open the Word doc bc I don't have the newest version of Word, could you save it in an older version? I'm interested in seeing it- thanks!
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I must be the odd man out...
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but I absolutely think they should always read when done. I don't think I'd say read and relax, but my students always read. I do the Book Whisperer and after about a month of it they love to read and know they are reading for enjoyment but more importantly to be better readers. Plus, if you look at all the research, kids are not reading enough in school or homes in most classes to make much improvement, so I believe every little bit counts.
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I have to admit
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I like all the ideas. Incorporating all of them into a student choice sheet might work for me. Maybe I will make up a sheet that has a daily choice schedule...

In the past I had Seatwork folders for them--that does incorporate more work for the teacher. They received seatwork at the beginning of the morning. If they did not complete it, it went into their folder. During any subject, when assignment was completed, they would do work from their folder if they had extra time. I did have students that were diligent and always completed their work. If they had nothing in their folder they would go to their journal and write. (I would collect journals a few at a time--color-coded groups--to see their progress.)

Now I have to put my thinking cap on and see what I come up with...


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Monthly Independent Folders
Old 07-24-2012, 03:32 PM
 
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I use Purple Independent Folders....

These are given to them at the beginning of the month. They have that month to do a minimum of 3. They set goals each month to increase their productivity. I strongly encourage a sloppy hand copy and then a finished computer product. At the end of the month they share thier best one. This covers some of their presentation standards too. This also allows them to show off something that they are proud of.

Attached is a copy of one.

Hope this helps.
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Nice!
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This is awesome! Do you have any of the other months?
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Old 07-25-2012, 03:37 AM
 
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For math, my kids grab flash cards and practice their facts. But all other subjects, they get a book and read. They LOVE to read when they are done. Like a PP, I do Book Whisperer, and I want them reading! A few will rush to be able to read, but I quickly learn who they are, and make sure to check their work before they are allowed to read. It also kept them quiet, allowing others to work.

They could also work on unfinished work for another subject.
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Old 07-25-2012, 04:32 AM
 
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Let me chime into the Book Whisperer responses. Students need practice, practice, practice. I have the same philosophy for writing. Therefore, I see my students needing to get their self-selected reading in or revising the stories/papers they are writing.
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I have made one of these for every month except for December. In December we do Giving Tasks...similar with choices but these are tasks that they do for others and have signed off. We then share the one thing they did that makes them feel the best.

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You aren't odd. There's too much research (and real life knowledge) that students need more practice on reading and writing. Gladly, I don't have "What do I do next" because students always have their book boxes. They may always do Read to Self or Work on Writing. While I think what others are doing is great, my students reading/comprehension scores increased DRASTICALLY on last year as I gave special attention to Read to Self. It continually encourages me to do this each year! I believe each teacher knows what his/her students need. My students developed a strong love for READING . I couldn't have been more proud
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Now what?
Old 07-29-2012, 04:47 PM
 
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I'm going to make this into a poster for my class. But I also like everybody else's ideas. Humm....I may need to tweek this now. :-)
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Fast Finisher Menu
Old 08-04-2012, 07:29 PM
 
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I agree with the PP, students need more time to just read!

I have a Fast Finisher Menu posted which changes as the year progresses.

The first option is always to READ or WRITE in their journals.

Then I add other options such as practicing their facts or using their calculators.

As the year goes on, I can add more things for them, such as file folders or independant math games.
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Independent folders
Old 08-05-2012, 06:37 PM
 
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I love this idea and have used similar ideas in the past. Do you have others you could post?
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Monthly Ideas...
Old 08-09-2012, 06:04 PM
 
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Do you mind sharing some of the other months?
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:36 AM
 
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I love this idea, do you have other months available that you would be willing to share?
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