Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Teach Bell to Bell

The second piece of our STAAR acronym is the letter "T" which stands for Teach Bell to Bell.  This strategy is designed to enhance your awareness of each teachable moment throughout the day.  Each minute we have with our kiddos is precious.  We want to make sure that we are making the most of that time.  We should be constantly teaching from the moment the tardy bell rings until the dismissal bell in the afternoon.

That's easy to do inside the four walls of our classroom.  Where we often fall short are those minutes in transition, where we are waiting in the lunch line, taking a bathroom break or walking to and from specials.  Those are precious seconds with our babes that we could be using to further their learning.  For the little ones, I like to keep high-frequency cards, ten-frames, domino cards, or even something as simple as alphabet flashcards to help with letter/sound fluency to use with my kids while we are waiting or traveling in the hallway.  Keeping them engaged in these activities will also curb some of the minor, or in some cases, major misbehavior that occurs during downtime.

I encourage you, if you haven't already, to think about how you can fill each minute with your students so that you are making every second of their day meaningful.

Check back tomorrow for my favorite of the 5 strategies....Answer - Right is Right and Stretch it.

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