#SOL18 What Does Morning Work Look Like?
Teachers, talk to me about your morning work. I have varied what I've done and am still trying to figure out the best way to start our day. Sometimes I have a math exit ticket as a morning assignment. It includes only 2 problems to do and it is based on our lesson from the day before. When students finish it, they are free to read, draw, write, or use a chrome book to create a Buncee presentation, blog, add to their digital reading wall, etc. Some mornings I ask students to write on their blog. Some mornings I ask students to update their digital reading wall. Some mornings we make a birthday card for a classmate. The work is no longer than 30 minutes at the max and students come in on a staggered schedule so 30 minutes would really just be for the student who first walks in the door.
There is a little boy I know and love who goes to school a few towns over from where I teach and he is a third grader, too. His morning work lasts 40 minutes to an hour. It includes at least four assignments which might be reading a magazine like Science Spin independently and answering the questions, Daily Oral Language (correcting mistakes on a worksheet- ugh!), math worksheet, reading comprehension passages and questions. He is having a hard time completing all this work independently. He is extremely bright, curious, and creative, yet is being made to feel like he is not living up to expectations.
Am I wrong to think that morning work like that is unreasonable for third grade?
Teachers, help me understand. What do you think is appropriate for 8-9 year olds to work on independently at the start of the day? And how do you approach "morning work" in your classroom?