Monday, March 28, 2011

Teacher...What Do I Do Next??



How many times do you model the steps for students, ask them to repeat the steps, and then send them to work independently...and not 5 minutes later you hear, "Teacher, what do I do next?" Or, how many times do you model the steps that students are to follow and next thing you know...a student is cutting out materials and they were supposed to color first!?!

To make sure students don't forget...I created picture direction icons to post on my whiteboard.

As I give directions, I number the step and place my magnetic icons next to the number.
Not only do students have a visual to refer to (without having to ask the teacher), but you can foster independence by reminding students where to find the answer. Clipart by Scrappin Doodles.

40 comments:

Camille said...

Excellent Idea! If I had a dime for every time a child asked... What do I do next??? I would only be teacher for PLEASURE!! Haha!!

snipssnailsandspice.com

nankshade said...

Thank you for these - wonder why I didn't think of this! :)

Fern Smith said...

So great, is your board magnetic?
~Fern
Fern Smith’s Classroom Ideas!

Mrs. Lochridge said...

Yes...our whiteboards are magnetic. Are yours?

Love, Polka Dot said...

I love this idea!! Fabulous! :)

Rachelle said...

I do this too, but yours are SO cute! :) Thanks!!1 I was actually going to post mine on our blog next week...I'll have to link your post too!
-Rachelle
whattheteacherwants.blogspot.com

Hadar said...

OH MY GOODNESS THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nicole said...

This is great! Thanks!

Kristin Young said...

You are a genius and I'll add to the list...WHY didn't I think of this before?! :)

Hadar said...

I used these today for the first time and they worked like a charm! I posted about how great they are on my blog :)

Hadar

Outfitted and Inspired

Rikki said...

Is there anyway I can get a copy of your icons

Janine said...

Ditto, I would love a copy of your icons, they are way cuter than the ones I use!

Mrs. Mc said...

What a great idea! I see that you did share them but cannot figure out how they were downloaded. Are you still sharing?
Thanks!
~ Mrs. Mc
Little Literacy Learners

rkj032003 said...

They are great...I would love to be able to download if you have made them available...Thanks!!

Mrs. Lochridge said...

They're back for your downloading pleasure! Enjoy!!

djinkers.com

Mrs. Lochridge

rkj032003 said...

Thank You!! Thank You!!

Mrs. Mc said...

Yes, THANK YOU!!! LOVE them!!
~ Mrs. Mc
Little Literacy Learners

Fran Kramer said...

I have something so similar to this its scarey! I did it like a flow map and posted it around the room. I used almost the same icons but I start with name on paper, cut, glue, color, and throw away your trash! It is so perfect for kinderkids. Thanks for another version.
Fran

Melissa said...

What a great idea! I tried to download the icons, but it didn't work. Would ou mind emailing me a copy? I'd really appreciate it.

Thanks!
m_bangle@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I soooo love this icons. Thanks for sharing and I can't wait to use them next year!

Tammy said...

I am a new Kindergarten blogger and just found your blog! I also created tools like this! It was a life saver. Have you seen the "I am finished" jar idea?! Super cute! I can't wait to look around your blog.
Tammy
Live Love Laugh Everyday In Kindergarten

jamie leigh said...

this is wonderful! i just came across it today. have to love some early morning blog stalking. thank you for sharing! jamie leigh

Melissa said...

Very Cute...thanks so much for sharing. I've done this with bulletin board cut outs, but these are so cute!
http://mrs-smithsroom.blogspot.com

Amber Unger said...

Such a simple idea...yet so brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing! :)

Randee said...

I'm just finding this idea but am DEFINITELY going to be using it during the upcoming school year! Thank you!
How about them apples?

Isabelle said...

What a super idea!! I tried to download the icons, but it didn't work. Would you mind emailing me a copy?

Thank you!

missgingras@hotmail.com

max said...

I also tried to download but it wouldn't work! I love love love these. If you get a chance do you mind emailing them to me too. Thanks so much!!!
kanderson@opsb.net

Kimberly Church said...

Love your idea! :) Thanks for sharing!!!

Gina said...

This is such a great idea for my visual learners! Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

So cute! Unable to download could you please email it to me? sdechau@yahoo.com

Kinderpond said...

Is the cat for work? Apparently I can't think today! lol

Thanks for sharing!

Mrs. Lochridge said...

Yes. He is holding a pencil as if he's writing. :)

Alicia

beckyparkes said...

Great idea - thanks for sharing!

Anita said...

This is so great- thanks for posting this!
Anita
http://mrsbremersk.blogspot.com/

Crystal said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE it! THANK YOU for sharing this!!!

Some Kind of One-derful said...

I've been doing this for a while, but I've just been quickly drawing pencil, scissors, and glue stick each time. This will definately save time!

Liz Mccaw said...

Thank you so much. I used them on Friday and they worked like a dream.

http://crazyforkindergarten68.blogspot.ca/

Kate said...

Thank you for sharing such a wonderful idea and resource!

trisqit said...

Love it!!! I teach 5th grade and they still ask what to do next!!

Ms. Mentzer's Kindergarten Class said...

Love these!!! Thank you!! :)
Michelle
Kindergarten Stars

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