Planning For An Efficient Morning Routine in the Classroom

Mornings can be rough for students and teachers alike.

The daily schedule dictates that students move from lesson to lesson as soon as the students “get it.” But the need to move on robs many learners of their need to go back and review concepts.

They know quickly that in order to make room for the spiral review students need, class needs to hit the ground running each morning when students arrive.

Teachers who made the spiral review materials included in their district’s math curriculum were frustrated by confusing instructions, content that didn’t match what was studied, and different page formats.

Students weren’t able to work independently to complete those activities while the teachers did their normal morning routine of taking attendance, greeting students, and collecting homework.

Here’s how one teacher found a workable solution to the problem:

  • “I created something that helped me put an end to that problem: I created The Number of the Day Binder. This routine gives students the opportunity to independently review math concepts consistently without sacrificing rigor or relying on easy worksheets.”
  • “After my students hang their backpacks and head to their seat, they know to take a look at our screen where they will see Today’s Number projected. Each day, the number is different but the format of the slide is always the same. This establishes the first layer of consistency, which benefits all students, especially those with special needs.”
  • “At the beginning of the year, students only work on the first few pages of the binder. As they become more efficient with this routine and begin to master more advanced math concepts, new pages are added to the routine.”
  • “While students independently work through each activity, I walk around the room to collect homework and greet each student. During this time, I am also assessing students on their ability to complete each page independently. Because each page is stored in a plastic sheet protector, students use a whiteboard marker to complete the work, then erase the page and move on to the next activity.”

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