So, I have decided to share with everyone how I manage my third grade classroom on a daily basis. I want to share as many of my procedures that I can.
When my students enter the classroom in the morning, they have several responsibilities. First, they are to unpack schoolbags. After unpacking, choosing lunch is next. The lunch procedure I use is very important in 3rd grade. This is the first year students are allowed to choose what they want to eat in the cafeteria. They have 3 choices~~main menu, choice menu, or salad. The other grades (4-8) call out each choice, students raise their hand, and the teacher counts. I have tried this and it does not work for me. After much planning, I have devised a plan to eliminate the confusion of counting hands. I have a pocket system that allows the students to be responsible for their own choice. See picture below. Each student has his/her own Popsicle stick. He/she chooses what lunch choice they want for the day. After all students make a choice, sticks are counted and recorded. I have students count/record (it is a classroom job). While students are choosing lunch, I have free time to record absences, read notes, or collect any money/notes for the office.
|lunch menu students read from|
|pockets for lunch choice|
|sticks students use for pockets|
The amount of free time I have is unbelievable! I must admit that we practice this procedure many times in the beginning of the year in order to be successful at it! I train my students for at least 2 weeks before they become independent.
WOW, what a post!. I can honestly say that I provided my readers/followers with useful information. I hope that you can use this procedure in your own classroom.
Since I am still in the beginning stages of blogging, I appreciate the kind words of encouragement.
With much appreciation,