Is it Friday yet??? Anyone else feeling like it been a LONG week??? Today was better than the last couple days. I set up a couple of independent centers and grouped students by 2, I only have 6 but whole group with them feels like so much more. It worked really well to have them working on rotations, they didn't get as bored and that created less problem behaviors. When they are all together and one acts up they all follow so it was much easier to keep them on task while they were separated, and I felt like they got much more valuable learning time. The trick is to keep finding things they can do for about 10-15 minutes on their own (groups of 2) and not need to keep coming over to me and get help. Right now I have the rice table, and hot dots, worked great but I'd like to make at least one of them more academic (the hot dots are good but I'm not sure they really know what they are doing with them educationally they just love the dogs and keep pressing them on everything, card or not). They are very low academically so almost no paper pencil task is going to work, except for maybe writing their names. They don't know many letters or numbers so most of the games/activities I've made or downloaded have to have a lot of direct instruction to complete. I am sure I will come up with some things for them to do but I would appreicate any suggestions?
Gonna enjoy my jeans and sweatshirt tomorrow, maybe even go with a ponytail!!! And then this weekend I get to meet up with some amazing bloggers from Michigan............I seriously can't wait for the meet up on Sunday, it's been keeping me going this week just thinking about it!!!