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Students participate in a series of activities that will assist the class into saving instructional time and minimize disruption.
Starting the School Year Right LESSON Automating Classroom D Procedures to Save Time How can I play a role in saving instructional time in class? Overview Materials Students participate in a series of activities that will assist •Hotel Room Key the class into saving instructional time and minimize Cards (1 per student) disruption. •Downloaded countdown from Preview Students clumsily try to group themselves for a “Minute to Win It” game show only to find that their grouping cuts into the Gameshow amount of time they have for the game. •Projected copy of Desk Olympics Activity In an Experiential Exercise, students will participate in a game where they are challenged with activities that will help the class reduce disruption and save instructional time. Processing Students will respond to the essential question as an exit slip to class. Objectives In the course of this lesson and participating classroom activity, students will • experience the difficulty in placing themselves in groups and arranging their materials quickly. • move quickly as they enter class to “check in” and get to their seat. • learn the importance of moving quickly, quietly, and correctly into place for paired, triad, and quad cooperative activities. Basic Training: Starting the School Year Right 1 Procedures Preview Suggested time: 10 minutes 1. Start Timer and Conduct attendance. Using a stopwatch or timer function, begin at the tardy bell. Call out the names of student in a methodical manner. 2. Clumsily group students into pairs. • Tell students that they are about to play a game. It will be important to get into groups quickly for this activity. Students will need to get into groups of four, including their desks, and have all their belongings in place, and be ready. • Ask them if they understand the directions and then have them try to move into groups. 3. Once students are finally in groups: Explain to the students that you were timing how long it took to get into doing an activity today from the start of class to when groups were ready. Show them their time. Ask the students: • Why do you think it took so long to get into the activity? • What could we do to save time in class? 4. Explain the purpose for the rest of class. Ask the students to rearrange themselves to how the class originally looked. Project the essential question for the lesson and tell the students that they will play a game today as they learn how to help save instructional time with a couple of class procedures they will use throughout the year. Experiential Exercise Suggested time: 30 minutes 1. Distribute blank hotel key cards. Give each student a blank hotel key card. Have students use a marker to print their first initial and last name on the hotel key. Basic Training: Starting the School Year Right 2 Procedures 2. Phase 1: Attendance Procedure • Collect all the hotel keys from the students. Alternate • Have the students gather their belongings and step Suggestion into the hall. Substitute the hotel key • While students move into the hall, place the hotel key cards with novelty dog- cards in a prominent location along with an index tags. Have the students card box close by. grab them and wear them • Once in the hall, quietly tell the students that at your around their neck during class. Depositing them in direction, they will enter the room, find their key a box as they leave for the card, drop it in the box, and then have a seat. next day. • Tell the students that this will be the daily attendance procedure. Once the tardy bell rings, any key cards left out will indicate who is tardy or absent. • Ring a bell and have the students practice the procedure. 3. Phase 2: Desk Olympics • Tell the students that they will now compete as a class against all your other classes in a timed activity similar to a gameshow. • Explain that when in your class, they will be moving into groups many times during the year and that the groups will vary in makeup and size. To maximize instructional time, you have created a procedure that will allow students to move quickly, quietly, and correctly. • Project Desk Olympics master and timer. Desk Olympics • Tell students that their first event is side by side pairs. Have students get their student notebook out and find their buddy clock. (See Starting the Year Right: Lesson B for details). Have students make eye contact with their 5 o’clock buddy. Tell the students that you will now time how long it takes for the class to all be arranged in pairs. Tell the students the rules are that they must move quickly, quietly, and correctly. If there is any talking, you will add 5 seconds to the class total. • Using the timer, tell the class to begin. Start the music clip too. When completely settled and quiet, show them the time. No matter how quickly the time, tell them they must do much better. Allow them the chance to do the activity once more, but let them know that this one counts. Basic Training: Starting the School Year Right 3 Procedures • Write down the final class time for the event side by side pairs. Teacher Tip • Have students move the desks back into their original Procedures are only as place. valuable as they are • Using the same procedure, conduct an event for face routinely used. Conduct to face pairs, triads (remember to group students in a Desk Olympics time advance of class and project), and then quads (which each group activity you could be two pairs finding each other). do throughout the year. • Be sure to emphasize the importance of moving quickly, quietly, and correctly. • After the last event, ask the students how knowing how to move into groups will save time. 4. Phase 3: Procedure, Procedure • Place the hotel key cards back out. • Have the students exit the room. • Tell the students that they will now enter the room and be challenged to move into groups once the tardy bell rings. Explain that they must “check in,” find their seat, and be ready. This is the last event and will count toward the class standings. • Start the timer and get the class moving from the hall to your room. Once the appropriate amount of time has elapsed, ring a tardy bell, BUT keep your timer moving. Going Digital • Project an image showing that students will work in Suggestion side by side pairs with their 10 o’clock buddy. Get them to move quickly, quietly, and correctly. Add 5 Polleverywhere is a free seconds for any unnecessary chatter. web tool that allows teachers to create text or Processing multiple choice questions and have Suggested time: 5 – 10 Minutes students use smart devices such as their cell 1. Have students complete a “Texit Slip” activity. phones or computers to Project the essential question via respond. If your school www.polleverywhere.com and ask the students to use does not allow students their cell phones to text in a response to the question. to use cell phones while in session, consider using responder units, or 2. Debrief the essential question. Call out a few of the good old fashioned texted responses as a closing. Have students move strips of paper. desks back into place. Basic Training: Starting the School Year Right 4 Desk Olympics You will be working in groups of different sizes throughout this course and must practice moving into groups efficiently. When your teacher says “Go!” you must move into whatever configuration is shown below and bring everything—backpacks, notebooks, pens, jackets—with you. You will be timed on how fast you get into perfect formation. Event 1 Time Side-by-Side Pairs Event 2 Time Face-to-Face Pairs Event 3 Time Groups of Three Event 4 Time Groups of Four Event 5 Time Groups of Five 144 Bring Learning Alive! FREE WEB 2.0 TOOLS FOR TEACHERS Poll Everywhere What is it? Poll Everywhere is a free application that allows students to respond via text message to a poll created by the teacher. Polls can be downloaded into a PowerPoint or shown live online. How do I get started? Go to www.polleverywhere.com. You will need to create an account. Additional features are available for purchase, but all the basics are free. The website has step‐by‐step instructions with screenshots to walk you through setting up a poll and having students answer (it’s NOT difficult): http://www.polleverywhere.com/how‐it‐works. How can I use it with my students? • Use during TCI Preview activities to hook students in, assess their prior knowledge, and get them interested in the upcoming lesson. • Sprinkle in a few polls to check for understanding during lectures or as students complete their Reading Notes. Leave up an open‐ended poll during instruction to let students ask questions. • Instead of an exit slip, create a “text‐it slip” by having students answer the Essential Question at the end of class. Or, at the beginning of class, use a poll as a quiz over previous material. • Encourage students to use polls as part of class presentations. INTEGRATING TECHNOLOGY WITH THE TCI APPROACH
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