I need help with 'end of day' procedures

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  1. pamms

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    The rest of the day goes pretty smoothly (most of the time) but I have never gotten a handle on procedures for the end of the day! We have staggered dismissal. I just hate those last 10 minutes or so of the day...it seems like no matter what I have tried it just feels like chaos...and of course that is a time that parents tend to pop in to pick up their kids. I hope they don't think the whole day is like that! At the end of the day I need the kids to pack up their backpacks and clean up their area. Some kids (usually just one or two) leave at first bell, some leave about 5 minutes later and then others 5 minutes after that. Any tips on maintaining control would be appreciated!!
     
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    I would probably have them all ready by the first bell and then play games with them until all are dismissed.
     
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    Like Updaisy said I get mine all ready before the 1st group leaves. We will play I-Spy, the quiet game (they love it), sometimes we will just talk about what they are going to do that afternoon and so on. If time I might read a short story or play a rhyming game.
     
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    That would be a good time to review the day. Have students "pair-share" with a buddy what they learned in math, science, language, etc. Then pick a few to share out loud.

    You could also have spelling words posted and practice those. My kids like to "cheer" their words or write them in the air together with a leader coming to the front. Play "sparkle" with your spelling or vocabulary words.

    You could also make lists. (orally or on paper) Such as... list foods that start with "A", list the holidays, list as many presidents as you can, list animals with tails, etc. I have a long list of these topics posted at my door for those times when we need a little something to do.

    Create an oral never-ending story. All students stand. Teacher gives first word (such as "Once"), then you go around and each student adds a word to the story. They have 5 seconds to say an appropriate word or they have to sit down. This keeps the kids quiet because they have to listen to the words before them so that they can say a word that will make sense. My students love this game!
     
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    GREAT IDEA! Thank you

    Sometimes I just have to smack my head "WHY didn't I think of that!" lol
    I used to do a weekly 'newsletter' called ASK ME ABOUT. It was just quick notes that the kids told me to write down about what we had talked about that week. Then I copied it and sent it home. The parents really liked it as it literally told them what to ask their kids about school that week. I dropped it as i just never had time to work on it, but that last few minutes of the day would be perfect! Thanks! (I copied your other ideas too...I know I need an arsenal of ideas! )
     
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    What is your version of the quiet game? We sometimes play one while waiting in line, but I have seen teachers do severl variations.
     
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    Oh when we play they have to be quiet and I try and trick them by talking to them they think it is hysterical.
     
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    Children's Quiz... they get a catergory and a letter, and they try to come up with as many items that fit the category that begin with the specified letter... when I play, they all have to raise their hands, and their answer doesn't count until they're called on... but you need to have an answer when you're called on! And we try not to repeat answers. The kids really get into it, and they get really creative! :)

    We also like to play "if you ___, you may line up," and we'd pick a different kid each day or each week to decide the order... if you are wearing gym shoes, if you are NOT wearing white socks, if you're a Boy Scout, if you ride the bus, if you made a __ in art today, it's endless!
     
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    I have several mad lib books and the kids LOVE them. They are easy to do and give the kids practice in parts of speech. I'll read Shel Silverstein and other poems then (I don't read our chapter book, there's a 15+ minute span between 1st kids leaving and last). The kids also like to play hangman or battleship.
     
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    Where I student taught we had the same problem. The first busses would start being called at 2:05 (or so) and then the regular dismissal time is 2:32 so it's a long period of time. We had a meeting and decided that file folder games would be a good idea. The principal was very concerned about teachers not using the last half-hour effectively and just letting the students do "whatever." I think any type of game that would keep them seated and relatively quiet would work since you've really only got 10 mins at the end to worry about.
     
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    At the end of the day, everyone gets packed up and ready to go at the same time. Chairs are put up and the floors are cleaned. Then we all meet at the regular meeting area. You can play games or do brain quest. The kids seem to like the I am thinking of a number game.... Just give them hints... I am thinking of a number between 6 and 8. For older grades you could use multiplication or division. You can do spelling words or any subject really.
     
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    My kids love Blurt - you don't even need the game itself to play. It is just giving a definition and having the children blurt out the word being defined. To make it easier to determine who gets it right, I tell them they get only one blurt per word - so think before they answer.
     
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    Our bus kids would leave 10-15 min before the pick up kids, so we would have them all ready at 3:05, and place bins of books on each table. The Kinder and First teacher worked together, since their rooms were next to each other. The First grade teacher would take all the bus kids, and the pick up kids would stay in the kinder room. They would read quietly to themselves, and usually we had a teacher and the aides each sit at a different table to read with the kids.
     
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    I usually just read to them on the rug until the bell rings. They are free to sit or lie down. It is a very calm and relaxing part of the day.
     
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    When I taught kinder, we would sing songs, dance (they love Dr. Jean!) Count to 100, by 1's, 5's & 10's. Or play other games. I found it hard because the kids that were picked up left first & I would always try to talk to the parents--Hi, did you have a good day? or talk to them about their child. Latchkey was the last to leave & most of my kids went to LK!
     
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    Another number game my kids love is like 20 Questions... one kid thinks of a number (our criteria for 2nd was that it had to be on the hundreds chart)... then they call on kids one at a time to ask a yes or no questions about the number... is it in the 10's column? Is it bigger than 50? is it even? etc. Teacher keeps track of the guesses... they love trying to "beat" yesterday's score, and it's great for deductive reasoning!!! Whoever guessed correctly got to do the number the next day, unless they'd had a turn this round, in which case, they picked someone who hadn't.

    You could also do that same thing with word wall or vocabulary words. ;)
     
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    I teach grade 1 and my class this year had such a hard time getting ready to go home. Like you, I had students ready way ahead of the bell and some still gathering things up 10 minutes past dismissal. So I created a "ticket" on which were picture clues of the steps for getting ready: copy message in planner, choose book for Home Reading Club, pack backpack, clean up garbage around desk, sit in desk. As the students completed each section of the ticket they checked it off and then if it was complete before the bell rang, they would receive a prize for their finished ticket. Later, I increased the difficulty slightly by putting all the finished tickets in a bucket for a draw so there was only one winner. By the end of the year, the majority of the kids were able to get ready on their own and we went from nearly 50 minutes to get ready to only 10!!!
     
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    I will usually let them log on to the computers, draw and even work at centers that I have especially set up for end of day, with National Geographic for Kids magazines, or Goose Bumps books, or even lower level picture books (sometimes they don't like their buddies to see them enjoying these books!). Other times I will have them help me get a head start on the next day by either passing out papers, putting things in their individual cubbies, cleaning the boards, alphabetizing books, etc. They all seem to love to clean!
     
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    So why do these children, who teachers say love to clean, can't clean their own room?!? :crosseyed Of course, I'm talking about my own 2 children. Both of their teachers' say that they are well-behave, quiet, respectful & good helpers. Why can't I see more of that behavior at home? :eek:
     
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    kpa -

    It's OTHER parents' children that love to clean, never ours! I also run the after school program and we have kids signing on as soon as they walk through the door to take the garbage pail around and sweep! It's a strange phenomena!
     

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