Presentation on theme: "Independent Work Time I.W.T"— Presentation transcript:
1 Independent Work Time I.W.T A time EVERY DAY when. . .Students learn to work independentlyTeachers meet individual student needsPresented bySusana MelgozaAndMartha Aldana
2 I.W.T. Presentation Goal IWT Objective Agenda Understand the purpose and procedures of Independent Work Time and be able to implement them into your daily routine.IWT ObjectiveThe goal of IWT is to be able to do meaningful intervention over time while encouraging students to become responsible for their own learning.AgendaPurpose of IWTGoals of IWTPhases of IWT-Procedures-GuidelinesSet-UpIWT Activities
3 Purpose of IWT Students work independently Students work collaborativelyStudents 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 levela structure that allows the teacher to conduct extra teaching/extra practicean opportunity for the teacher to observe, assess, and conferenceMeet with EVERY student EVERY week
5 Goals of IWT Studentsan opportunity to develop the idea of worthwhile use of free timea vehicle for developing responsibility and independencean opportunity for students to develop leadership capabilitiesa time to conduct research and other types of exploration of interest to the studentsa chance to READ, READ, and READ some morean opportunity to write and work on writing
6 ProcedureEvolves from very structured to student-choice over the course of the yearExplicitly taught proceduresPost rulesOrganize 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 doneIf the teacher is working with someone else, please don’t interrupt!
8 Phases of IWT Phase 1 Teacher observes students working independently Teacher 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 KindergartenTeacher pulls multiple groups
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 weeks10-15 minutes per day
12 Phase 1 Characteristics Teacher introduces the rules and procedures for IWTMaterials at the student’s independent work level are used and explained. . . remember, they can’t ask you for assistance. . .and you want 100% successTeacher sets specific time frame for IWT with studentsTeacher monitors within the room, though does not engage with students. . .at all!Teacher ends IWT at predetermined time and pulls group together for “debriefing”
13 Phase 1 Breakdown of Time 15 minutes TeachersStudents
15 Phase 2 How long?1-2 weeks15-18 minutes per day
16 Phase 2 Characteristics Rules and procedures are revisitedTeacher introduces the “menu” management formatIt 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” activitiesStudents 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 Teacher’s Time 18 minutes Students
18 Phase 3 Procedure “menu” in place multiple tasks teacher pulls one targeted needs groupdebrief
19 Phase 3 How long? Rest of the year 15-20 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 Teacher’s Time 20 minutes StudentsTeacher
23 Universal Access Advanced Learners Provide academic challenge activitiesBorrow next grade materialsUse next grade decodable booksExtend writing activities
24 Universal Access English Learners Provide lessons that will meet the ELD standards (use ELD portfolio)Practice phonemic awarenessPreteach activities including vocabulary for upcoming storiesBe aware of phonological differences between English and the students primary language
25 Guidelines Encourage responsibility and independence Encourage cooperation and collaborationEncourage respect for individual differencesEstablish areas and timesEncourage group projectsLook for special talents and abilitiesEncourage 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 IWTMaterials 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 ActivitiesGames
28 IWT Management management clothes pins photos of area markers or paint proceduresmaterialsreinforce rulesdebriefActivitiesLimit the number of worksheetsfocus on supporting the programfocus on the standards