Saving Time for Student Checkout

One of my priorities this year is leaving enough time in a fixed lesson for student book checkout. I pledge to do less “projects” in my fixed schedule which often are a time-suck away from reading aloud and student book choice. Instead I’m focusing on projects during my collaborative efforts with teachers and students.

To help me keep track of the new times in our schedule and in my pledge to give students between 15-20 minutes for checkout and library centers, I posted some signs. My friend @tanyareadsbooks has these in her library. I love them and snapped a photo the first time I saw them. This year I have made them for myself.

I will admit though that I made them the second week of school, posted them, and then sat in my teaching space reading aloud to students, but occasionally glancing up and squinting. It turns out that the “large” font I had used on the first set wasn’t large enough for my aging eyes. Thank you very much Mother Nature.

I had to take them down and put up a new set in a larger font and all in bold print. Adding the clock to this location is also helpful to me so I can look straight at it as I pace my read aloud and lesson and generally stay on track.

September 23, 2013
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  • Reply Kristen

    The signs would be better if they had an actual picture of the clock…then you wouldn’t have to read at all (and your kinders could check them, too). Just match the hands of the clock on the poster to the hands on the actual clock.

    September 23, 2013 at 11:59 am
    • Reply Carolyn

      You have a very valid point…. and why are you commenting on this post and not the one when I called you a genius?

      They would have to be big clocks…I’m getting older you know ;)

      September 24, 2013 at 1:23 am

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