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Settling Work

 

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Description

Have work ready that the class can start the moment they enter the classroom and sit down. This work need only be short enough to cover the time that everyone takes to sit down, plus a few minutes for them to settle.

Ensure the first part of this work is silent, for example reading or doing a short test.

You can tell them what to do as they come in, or you can put the work ready on their desks. Instructions on the board can save you from having to repeat yourself. Give them a fixed time in which to complete the work.

The types of work can include:

  • Revision or reminders of what was done last time.
  • A short test.
  • Preparation for the main lesson.
  • Copying out some text.
  • A puzzle or interesting problem.

Also make sure that you have fill-in activity for those who have completed this work earlier than others.

Example

As you come in, you will see a paper on your desk. This is a test of what we did last time. Read the instructions and the story, then answer the three questions below.

Discussion

When students enter the class, they are transitioning from an informal environment to a formal one. They are unlikely to switch their mindset immediately without help. A short task helps them get into the classroom frame of mind.

If you regularly set entry work, your students will come to expect it and get to work right away with little encouragement.

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