|Photo take from a classroom poster.|
I've been doing a lot of thinking about how that would look in a 47 minute high-school class period. I love The Daily Five system from the two sisters: read to self, listen to reading, read to someone, work on writing and work on words. However, it's not possible to have high-school students do these independently, daily, in my teaching context, so I'm adapting the idea to fit.
When I taught on a four by four block schedule I lucked out and had my ninth graders for ninety minutes a day for an entire year. English was the four by four exception for freshmen. Instead of keeping students for a semester only, we had double the time. Those were my best teaching years--or my best student achievement years. Is it any wonder? I am working within a different time frame now and with different constraints, so I can't do 30 minute rotations like I used to. In these lesson plans from 2003, I was using computer stations, writing and silent reading as rotations while I worked with groups or conferenced. Students cycled through in packs of ten. I don't have ten computers in my classroom at my current school, but students often bring their own devices, so working on the computer will be an option.
I'm in the process of creating expectations for each choice using the C.H.A.M.P.s acronym. I'm only going to teach a few at a time (more on that later), but I've got them in the same file. If you'd like to take a peek (or want to copy, adapt or build on what I've started), see the center signs, directions and expectations in PDF format here (if you'd like the PPT file, email me).
Center Champs and Choices
Wish me luck! School starts Monday.