Did I cover it all?! Or did I just make your head spin?!!!! Anyways, like I said before, I’m linking up with Deedee for this week’s Peek at My Week Linky! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask below in the comment section! I’ll try my best to address them if I have the answers 🙂
I often get questions about my daily schedule and what a typical day in my classroom looks like. Honestly, I don’t know how helpful I’m going to be to anyone because my schedule is VERY different than a regular ed 2nd grade classroom. I get ONE hour to teach all of language arts… including reading, grammar, spelling, writing, etc. Crazy, right?! But, somehow it works for us which is good because our program sets the amount of time we get for each subject. Our kiddos get language arts in English and Spanish daily, so they are getting 2 hours each day. It just works a little differently 🙂
With all that said, here is my daily schedule. And as I tell my administrators… it is subject to change at anytime, ha! Sometimes I need 90 minutes for ELA and only 60 minutes for Math, so we adjust accordingly. I am a “go with the flow” kind of teacher now! Also, I do NOT teach Science/SS/Health because my students learn all of those subjects in Spanish with my teaching partner. While I’m teaching Math to one group, she is teaching those subjects to the other group 🙂
So, how do I fit it all in? We don’t have ANY extra time in our day for whole-class restroom breaks, structured morning work, etc. We literally use every second that we have and my kids are exhausted by the end of the day, ha! Honestly though, my day goes by so speedy fast that I don’t even realize the day is over!!!
Okay, so I’ll explain a little more about my schedule and take you through a peek at my week because I’m joining up with THE Deedee Wills today! I’m not going to commit to doing these visual plans every week, BUT I will try my darndest when I can!!! You can view my plans HERE or click on the pictures below. The pictures/links are clickable, but not through Google Docs. You have to download the document and open it on your computer 🙂 Michelle has great tips on how open visual plans HERE!
For ELA each week, we normally have a reading focus… maybe a book, author, genre, series study or a concept/standard that we are working on. I do NOT use a basal at all. My teaching partner teaches in Spanish and she uses the basal because Spanish resources are so limited. If I used it too then our kids would be reading the same story in both of our classes. And, let’s face it… that would be no fun for anyone! That’s where TpT, blogs, and my units come in handy!
This week we are learning about the BME of a story, sequencing events, and retelling what we have read using Henry and Mudge books. In English (grammar) we are focusing on complete sentences. I normally do not have time to do both a day because my time is so limited. That’s why you’ll see only 3 days of English planned. If I do get an extra sec then we will use our journals to write about the concepts we are learning about!
In Math we are ordering and comparing numbers. I do not pack my math plans full because I leave room for reteaching and delivering the concept in new ways. A lot of what you see here on the blog comes from moments of “How can I do/say/teach this differently RIGHT NOW in this second!” But, here’s a good framework of what we are doing for the first 60 minutes of our math block!
Now, let’s get to what you’re really all wondering… how do you fit in the Daily 5 and math stations?! First of all, because I teach in the Dual Language program and don’t have large chunks of time, I literally cannot spend 2 or 3 hours on the D5. Don’t throw stones at me, I know it’s not the proper implementation of the program, and yada yada yada. However, I do think my class is still benefiting in HUGE ways from what I’ve seen so far. It’s so much more structured than my centers used to be, yet still so flexible. I’m not prepping center after center each week, and my kids are truly falling in love with reading. They absolutely LOVE their Daily Five time, and that just makes my heart happy.
So, since I don’t have all the time in the world, I am doing the Daily 5 Lite 🙂 My administrators came up with that term, and it fits what I’m doing perfectly. Now that I’ve introduced all 5 “stations” this is what my kiddos do during their “Now that I’m done, what do I do?!” time AND, we have it built in to the last 40 minutes of our day. IF we have any extra ELA time, and sometimes we do… we will go directly into our Daily 5 time! This week we are focusing on building our word work station, so I have quick 5-10 minute mini-lessons for that each day. I’ll do those during my structured/built-in D5 time.
As for math stations, here’s what I have planned. I will have 5 stations prepped (see plans above)- one copy of each station, probably in a ziploc bag because that’s how I roll, ha! 2 kids will visit 1 station at a time. Along with my 5 stations, I will also have a small group going with about 4 kiddos, and 4 kiddos will be using the iPads. So, that means 10 kiddos will be at a math station, 4 kiddos will be using the iPads for math, and 4 kiddos will be with me (or with our Title 1 aide that I mentioned yesterday).