Kindergartners are young in so many ways, but they are capable of doing a lot of things on their own. Two teachers in Charlotte, North Carolina, have implemented daily routines as a way of giving their kindergartners more responsibility.
Lillia Caro and Ashley Pimentel are the dual-language kindergarten teachers at Huntingtowne Farms Elementary School. Their school’s dual-language program takes a thematic approach to biliteracy, and they both teach 90 percent of their curriculum in Spanish and 10 percent in English each day. Both teachers have only just begun using Istation Español, and their classroom daily routines are impressive.
Caro and Pimentel have found that implementing a few easy daily routines helps students thrive with Istation. Involving students in the daily learning and procedural processes helps the day run more smoothly.
Daily Routine #1
Print and laminate student login cards provided by Istation. Place them in a classroom bin for students to use. Teach students from day one where to find their cards, whether in a classroom bin or an individual cubby. Consider creating larger laminated cards with only the student’s name and ID number printed on them.
Teach students that their login card is important and should not be lost. Don’t be afraid to practice logging in a little at a time. If a student has a longer name, it could take them a while to learn how to type it all. Encourage students and help them build up to logging in all on their own.
Daily Routine #2
For young learners, make sure you spend 20-25 minutes at a time on Istation. This age group needs to transition to new activities often. Caro and Pimentel recommend working on Istation in the morning if possible. Create time for your whole class to work on Istation at once instead of during center rotation time. It may distract students to see their classmates working in a center they want to work in.
Daily Routine #3
Offering small rewards (e.g., extra center time) or prizes (e.g., wearing the red cape) can motivate students to do their best. Caro and Pimentel started the year by rewarding students with a cape for logging on by themselves. Once every student had a chance to accomplish this, they moved to rewarding students with a cape for staying focused on Istation for the day.
Daily Routine #4
Involve students in reviewing classroom results. Gather them all together and set goals before you begin assessments. After each assessment, look at classroom trendlines together and talk about what went well and, if the goal was not met, what needs to improve.
Caro and Pimentel have found that involving students in reviewing data results helped them understand what was expected of them. This helped them stay focused while working on Istation.
Students of all ages enjoy being a part of classroom processes and taking on responsibility throughout their day. Tune in tomorrow to learn how Caro and Pimentel use Istation Español data in their kindergarten classrooms!