Time Constraints! 45 Min. a day and a 6 day cycle.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get all the components of the lessons in when only having 45 minutes a day with 3 students. It's very difficult especially when students are expected to be on the computer for 20 minutes. Any advice on how to schedule my lessons would be greatly appreciated.

Posted on: February 22 2017
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  • AskDee

    With only three students, you should be able to work through lessons in only 45 minutes a day. I would do a very short activity with all three students to begin the class and move directly into two 20 minute rotations. Two students would be on the computer in one of the rotations. I would work with one student in the other rotation. You could also put all the students on the computer at the same time, but I would think that you could individualize better with the split that I suggested. In that individualized time, you can even split it in half. In one ten-minute segment you can work on skills, the 44Book, or the Decodable Digest. In the other ten-minute portion the student(s) could do their independent reading. Why don't you email me directly at askdee@sbcglobal.net or use the drop-down hotspot to send me a message. Dee Ask Dee at the READ 180 Community

    I work with very small groups in 42 minute periods and have managed to squeeze in a quick whole group mini-lesson and then do 2 rotations. I always try to get a few students on the computer while I work with the others and then switch. We do the same with independent reading. This has been working very well for me. Time and schedules are always such a problem.


    Readbetter is absolutely right. It is very important to get the students on the software every day. I know of a teacher who allows students to come back in during their lunch to use the computer again. I discussed this one of the READ 180 researchers, and she said they were finding that more time on the software was important. She added that students should not use the software more than 20 minutes at one sitting. It was fine a couple times a day with time in between. Dee

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