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1 Independent Work Time I.W.T A time EVERY DAY when... Students learn to work independently Teachers meet individual student needs Presented by Susana Melgoza And Martha Aldana

2 Presentation Goal Understand the purpose and procedures of Independent Work Time and be able to implement them into your daily routine. IWT Objective The goal of IWT is to be able to do meaningful intervention over time while encouraging students to become responsible for their own learning. Agenda Purpose of IWT Goals of IWT Phases of IWT -Procedures -Guidelines Set-Up IWT Activities I.W.T.

3 Purpose of IWT Students work independently Students work collaboratively Students practice/review materials taught in the lessons

4 Goals of IWT Teacher a component of every Open Court lesson the subject of the Program Appendix at every grade level a structure that allows the teacher to conduct extra teaching/extra practice an opportunity for the teacher to observe, assess, and conference Meet with EVERY student EVERY week

5 Goals of IWT Students an opportunity to develop the idea of worthwhile use of free time a vehicle for developing responsibility and independence an opportunity for students to develop leadership capabilities a time to conduct research and other types of exploration of interest to the students a chance to READ, READ, and READ some more an opportunity to write and work on writing

6 Procedure Evolves from very structured to student- choice over the course of the year Explicitly taught procedures Post rules Organize classroom to accommodate different IWT activities

7 IWT Rules Speak in a quiet voice Share Be polite Take turns with materials and put them away when you are done If the teacher is working with someone else, please dont interrupt!

8 Phases of IWT Phase 1Teacher observes students working independently Phase 2Teacher observes students with one must do and choices Phase 3Teacher pulls one group while students complete a must do and choices Phase 4Not necessary to reach this phase in Kindergarten Teacher pulls multiple groups

9 Phase 1 Procedure whole class one must do teacher monitors debrief

10 What is debriefing? An opportunity for the students and teacher to reflect on the successes and problems during IWT. Ask students: –What went well today? –What were the problems encountered today? –How might we change things to make it more successful tomorrow? This is also a perfect opportunity for students to quickly share new learning, projects, and experiences from IWT. Debriefing should happen EVERY day.

11 Phase 1 How long? 1-2 weeks minutes per day

12 Phase 1 Characteristics Teacher introduces the rules and procedures for IWT Materials at the students independent work level are used and explained... remember, they cant ask you for assistance...and you want 100% success Teacher sets specific time frame for IWT with students Teacher monitors within the room, though does not engage with all! Teacher ends IWT at predetermined time and pulls group together for debriefing

13 Phase 1 Breakdown of Time 15 minutes Teachers Students

14 Phase 2 Procedure menu introduction teacher monitors debrief

15 Phase 2 How long? 1-2 weeks minutes per day

16 Phase 2 Characteristics Rules and procedures are revisited Teacher introduces the menu management format It looks like: Must Do and Choices Let the students know that they will have some fun choices if they can be successful at their must do activities Students are to experience the must do activity during the allotted time (no choices yet) The teacher monitors, taking notes to help guide the debriefing session, especially concerning the students ability to transition themselves.

17 Phase 2 Breakdown of Teachers Time 18 minutes TeacherStudents

18 Phase 3 Procedure menu in place multiple tasks teacher pulls one targeted needs group debrief

19 Phase 3 How long? Rest of the year minutes per day or longer depending on grade level

20 Phase 3 Characteristics Students are introduced to the concept of the teacher working with a small group and the no interruption concept. The menu is fully in place. Students are given a must do activity and a few choices. Teacher pulls one group for reteaching or preteaching based on need through observation or assessment. Teacher provides intervention, then monitors whole group before ending and debriefing.

21 Phase 3 Breakdown of Teachers Time 20 minutes Teacher Students

22 Universal Access Reading Difficulties or Disabilities Preteaching Scaffolded instruction Reteach Phonemic awareness activities

23 Universal Access Advanced Learners Provide academic challenge activities Borrow next grade materials Use next grade decodable books Extend writing activities

24 Universal Access English Learners Provide lessons that will meet the ELD standards (use ELD portfolio) Practice phonemic awareness Preteach activities including vocabulary for upcoming stories Be aware of phonological differences between English and the students primary language

25 Guidelines Encourage responsibility and independence Encourage cooperation and collaboration Encourage respect for individual differences Establish areas and times Encourage group projects Look for special talents and abilities Encourage children to try new things

26 IWT Areas NO rotational centers –use the word AREA instead of CENTER there do not need to be tables or formal areas set up to have a successful IWT –Materials can be kept in baskets, on shelves, zip- lock bags, or in any numbers of organizers

27 Set-Up Thinking Maps Reading Area Writing Listening Fluency Specific Teacher Created Activities Games

28 IWT Management management –clothes pins –photos of area –markers or paint –procedures –materials –reinforce rules –debrief

29 IWT Examples

30 Your Turn! Refer to TE appendix Review IWT Plan for IWT with grade level using SOAR data

31 Thank you for your attention and participation.

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