How do your students come into school in the mornings? Do they line up outside and come in together or do you have a window of time where they are able to come in? My class can come in any time between 8.45 and 9.00. This gives me a 15 minute period where my classroom slowly fills up. This makes it impossible to teach any sort of lesson with this staggered entry so it is important that I have something ready that is meaningful and my students can just get on with that requires no instruction from myself as I am taking lunch money and registering the students during this time. So with this in mind, I created my Times Table Daily Practise Sheets.
I test the students every Friday on their tables. If they get 10 or more out of 12, I move them onto the next table. If not, I keep them on the same table for the following week as they are not yet secure in that multiplication table and need further practice. On a Monday I set out the sheets in the students’ places. As the students walk in they begin straight away by filling in Monday’s column. They do this every day of the week until the test on Friday when I review whether the student is ready to move on to a different table or needs further practice the next week on the same times table. My morning work routines ensures that the students know exactly what is expected of them as they enter the classroom and ensures a calm start to the day. It also provides an opportunity for differentiated multiplication fact review. How do you ensure a smooth start to the day and what do you use for morning work? I’d love to hear your ideas!