Time management is always an issue in teaching, but it's even more critical when we're using technology in the classroom. I've learned that if I don't have a plan in place for those students who finish early, they're very capable of finding their own distractions--often distracting their classmates in the process.
Encouraging the fast finishers to help their classmates or allowing them to check grades/do other homework on the computer works, sometimes, but when I’ve planned an enrichment/extra activity to supplement the main lesson, I’ve had much better luck keeping the kids engaged so that all can finish the actual assignment. I thought it might be helpful to have a stockpile of “filler” activities for the times I don’t have a related task. Thus, I have started turning some of my “bellringer” activities into digital worksheets.
These activities cover a wide range of topics and skills.
• Some are based on classic texts, but all can stand alone.
• Some are timely—connected to “this date in history” or holidays—and some can be used any time.
• They’re all short, but could be easily combined with a related activity to make a solid substitute plan, too.
This sample set will give you an idea of how the activities work and a taste of the activities you will find in the six sets I’ve created to cover the entire year:
- August/September (Back to School)
- April/May - updates in progress
- June/July - updates in progress
What’s Included in this sample set of 10-Minute Tasks?
• a .pdf overview of resources, including
- tips for using Google Docs, Forms, and Slides
- strategies for using these materials in the classroom
- grading suggestions and answer keys (when applicable)
• 5 Google Docs/Forms/Slides Activities:
- Journaling - $100 bill
- Plurals and Possessives grammar review
- Commonly Confused Words - Google Form (accept/except)
- A Word to the Wise - Warren Buffett on “thinking ahead”
- Exit Slip - “What’s Important/What’s Interesting” (can be used with any lesson/text)
Looking for More Digital Options?
My collection of 30 Digital Exit Slips is the Google version of my top-selling, highly rated collection of Formative Assessment Exit Slips.
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