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Basic Training 2010_LessonD

Basic Training 2010_LessonD



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This is the last in a multi-lesson unit to start the school year. Students learn attendance procedures and how to move quickly into groups by playing Desk Olympics.
This is the last in a multi-lesson unit to start the school year. Students learn attendance procedures and how to move quickly into groups by playing Desk Olympics.

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Published by: Brian Thomas on Aug 11, 2010
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S t a r t in g t h e S c h o ol Y e a r Rig h t
Automating ClassroomProcedures to Save Time
How can I play a role in saving instructional time in class? 
Students participate in a series of activities that will assistthe class into saving instructional time and minimizedisruption.
Students clumsily try to group themselves for agame show only to find that their grouping cuts into theamount of time they have for the game.
In an Experiential Exercise, students willparticipate in a game where they are challenged withactivities that will help the class reduce disruption andsave instructional time.
Students will respond to the essentialquestion as an exit slip to class.
In the course of this lesson and participating classroomactivity, students will
experience the difficulty in placing themselves ingroups and arranging their materials quickly.
move quickly as they enter class to “check in” and getto their seat.
learn the importance of moving quickly, quietly, andcorrectly into place for paired, triad, and quadcooperative activities.
Hotel Room KeyCards (1 per student)
Downloadedcountdown from“Minute to Win It”Gameshow
Projected copy of Desk Olympics
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P r o c e d u r e s
Suggested time: 10 minutes
1.Start Timer and Conduct attendance.
Using astopwatch or timer function, begin at the tardy bell.Call out the names of student in a methodical manner.
2.Clumsily group students into pairs.
Tell students that they are about to play a game. Itwill be important to get into groups quickly for thisactivity. Students will need to get into groups of four,including their desks, and have all their belongings inplace, and be ready.
Ask them if they understand the directions and thenhave them try to move into groups.
3.Once students are finally in groups:
Explain to thestudents that you were timing how long it took to getinto doing an activity today from the start of class towhen groups were ready. Show them their time. Ask the students:
Why do you think it took so long to get into theactivity?
What could we do to save time in class?4.Explain the purpose for the rest of class.
Ask thestudents to rearrange themselves to how the classoriginally looked. Project the essential question forthe lesson and tell the students that they will play agame today as they learn how to help saveinstructional time with a couple of class proceduresthey will use throughout the year.
Experiential Exercise
Suggested time: 30 minutes
1.Distribute blank hotel key cards.
Give each studenta blank hotel key card. Have students use a marker toprinttheir first initial and last name on the hotel key.
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P r o c e d u r e s
2.Phase 1: Attendance Procedure
Collect all the hotel keys from the students.
Have the students gather their belongings and stepinto the hall.
While students move into the hall, place the hotel keycards in a prominent location along with an indexcard box close by.
Once in the hall, quietly tell the students that at yourdirection, they will enter the room, find their keycard, drop it in the box, and then have a seat.
Tell the students that this will be the daily attendanceprocedure. Once the tardy bell rings, any key cardsleft out will indicate who is tardy or absent.
Ring a bell and have the students practice theprocedure.
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Substitute the hotel keycards with novelty dog-tags. Have the studentsgrab them and wear themaround their neck duringclass. Depositing them ina box as they leave for thenext day.
3.Phase 2: Desk Olympics
Tell the students that they will now compete as a classagainst all your other classes in a timed activitysimilar to a gameshow.
Explain that when in your class, they will be movinginto groups many times during the year and that thegroups will vary in makeup and size. To maximizeinstructional time, you have created a procedure thatwill allow students to move quickly, quietly, andcorrectly.
 Desk Olympics
master and timer.
Tell students that their first event is side by side pairs.Have students get their student notebook out and findtheir buddy clock. (See Starting the Year Right:Lesson B for details). Have students make eyecontact with their 5 o’clock buddy. Tell the studentsthat you will now time how long it takes for the classto all be arranged in pairs. Tell the students the rulesare that they must move quickly, quietly, andcorrectly. If there is any talking, you will add 5seconds to the class total.
Using the timer, tell the class to begin. Start themusic clip too. When completely settled and quiet,show them the time. No matter how quickly the time,tell them they must do much better. Allow them thechance to do the activity once more, but let themknow that this one counts.
Desk Olympics

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