I’ve just finished a long, but worthwhile day of professional development for implementing our new reading program. My mind has turned to mush, but I wanted to publish a quick post before I hit the sack. I’m going to try and read a few pages from my new book called The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance by Joshua Waitzkin. It’s how one person discovered and applied the principles of learning and performance to become a world-level champion in two very diverse arenas – chess and martial arts. This book had me at “inner journey to optimal performance!” Ha!
Learning to Share
A few days into the new school year and my class was not (yet!) experiencing that elusive optimal performance when it came time to share the computers. See, my students have to do this horrible, terrible thing…they have to share the computer with one other person. I know, right? Well, it wasn’t working out too well for us so I designed a simple poster to settle the issue once and for all.
Student desks are labeled in many ways to facilitate cooperative learning activities. Every desk has a tag and results in that person having a color, letter, and number. This gives me a quick way to group the students. I took advantage of the fact that every computer has an A Student and a B Student. At the end of each day, I switch the small cards so students rotate their jobs.
- Computer Monitor – it’s their job to turn the computer on and off, as well as turning the monitor to sleep so it’s not a distraction.
- Mouse – it’s this person’s job to control the mouse (everyone’s favorite role) as well as the keyboard.
Simply print both pages onto card stock for durability. Cut out the two small cards. Use Velcro dots to adhere the small cards to the larger sign. Post where students can readily see it. Ta-dah! Problem solved through the miracle of card stock and lamination! Here’s what the poster and directions look like…
That’s it for this fast and simple post. Click on the link below if you want to grab this freebie. Otherwise…my eyelids are drooping…not sure I’ll get much reading done tonight…Happy teaching!