Classroom Management: Keeping Early Finishers on Task

We all know that in school and in life, people work at different paces. In the classroom, it’s almost a given that when one student finishes his or her assignment before the rest of the class, he or she is told by the teacher to go find a book and wait patiently for everyone else. It’s a classic classroom management technique.

However, to shake things up and offer some classroom management alternatives, today on, frequent contributing writer Janelle Cox, herself a seasoned educator in Upstate New York, offers up some fresh new ways to occupy those early finishers. Janelle’s ideas include:

  • Early Bird Bulletin Board
  • The “I’m Done” Jar
  • Learning Center
  • And More!

Janelle sums up her article thusly, with a Top Ten List: “If you find that all of these ideas seems like they would not be a good fit in your classroom then you should try this simple top ten list. Create a list, like the example below, and post it somewhere in your classroom where all students can see it. When students are finished then they must start from the top and go down the list. It’s that simple!”

What do you have your students do when they are finished early with a task? Do you have any unique ideas to share?

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