Do you ever feel like you’re being interrupted more than you’re actually teaching? You’ve planned a great guided reading lesson but spend the majority of the time reminding students about what they’re supposed to be doing. Maybe you feel like a “chicken with its head cut-off,” running from table to table, trying to keep your students on task.
I recently discovered this book, Interrupting Chicken, by David Ezra Stein. It’s a great read aloud to help introduce centers and the idea of no interruptions.
And it doesn’t hurt, of course, to create a list of responsibilities with your students to further promote independence. Encourage them to solve problems on their own instead of interrupting your group!
When everyone knows where they’re supposed to be – and how to be independent – there will be less interruptions and more time for teaching.
So how do you teach procedures to keep your own students from being “Interrupting Chickens?” Please leave a comment and share your ideas here. Let’s all stick together and avoid getting “pecked!”
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To introduce new procedures I model, model, model…then let them try in short time spans before releasing them.