I have absolutely LOVED reading about everything that you do with your class! The videos are especially helpful and inspiring! I had a question regarding your morning routine. The thing that seems to take the most time during the morning is having students turn in their homework. I have a basket on the back table for them to turn their homework in, but then it ends up that there are a lot of students up and walking around and having trouble finding their way back to their seats. I am thinking about going back to having them put it in the center of their group and then just going to pick them up. I am super excited to start doing a morning dance, and I was curious how you have your students turn in their homework during that. Thank you so much!
Great question. The first bell rings at 8:57 and the students enter the room. They have five minutes to empty their backpacks, hang up their coat, and turn in their work. When the second bell rings at 9:02 the morning song starts. The morning song is about 1 minute. The nominations take an additional 1 minute. So, those pokey students technically have about 7 minutes to get organized.
I don't require them to do the song, but they usually hurry because they want to participate.
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