How often do you meet on the carpet?

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  1. time out

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    Hello all. I'm super excited because I'm transitioning to third grade next year. I've taught first grade for seven years so I know I'm going to have tons of questions.

    In first grade, I was accustomed to having the students move from their seats to the carpet and vice versa quite a bit. I liked having them close to me when I gave instructions. It also helped to break up the monotony of the day.

    How often, if at all, do you have third graders meet on the carpet? If you don't have them move to the carpet, what are some ways that you allow movement in the classroom? Thanks.
     
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  3. waterfall

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    I student taught in 3rd grade for the regular ed. portion of my student teaching. I had a "morning meeting" every day on the carpet. We split into reading groups for l.a. (I had the high group, title 1 took middle, and intervention specialist took low) and I held reading group on the back carpet. I also did a 10 minute read aloud right after recess on the carpet. Those were the only set times. Sometimes I'd have the students meet backt there for other subjects if it made sense with the lesson (we were doing a read aloud or something).

    I did a lot of stations and cooperative learning/paired learning with the students, so that's how I kept them moving. I also did a lot of little simple "games" with the students where I would ask questions and say "stand up if you think yes, or sit down for no" and things like that.
     
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    None of our teachers have the students sit on the carpet past first grade. I don't see anything wrong with it. It just isn't the culture of this school. As far as keeping them moving, when you plan think about flexible groupings and cooperative teaching activities you can utilize. All of those support learning and provide moving activities. You can also introduce games, role-playing, movement gestures to answer questions, use centers, involve projects, and so forth. Just thinking about differentiated teaching and the areas of multiple intelligences would naturally lend to providing some movement opportunities. Also if you have a smartboard, this could provide another avenue of interaction. Lots of stuff. Your first grade training will likely fit right in.
     
  5. zoerba

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    I love teaching on the carpet because all the students are so close to me and I can keep an eye on them. Plus, I think it builds community and adds a closeness to the class. I would teach everything on the carpet if I could. However, it always depends on class-size and the subject matter. In math, I teach the lesson on the carpet, but when students are ready for independent work they go back to their seat. At first, none of my fellow 3rd grade teachers taught on the carpet, but after seeing how successful it was in my room, most of them converted. :)
     
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    I love teaching on the floor too. Kudos to you for being brave enough to do it even when no one in your grade level was doing it.
     
  7. Pisces_Fish

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    I do it all the time but my team never does. I think it's just how you feel comfortable. I like having my kids close by and there's nothing in their desks to fiddle with and distract them.
     
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    I say keep using the carpet! I have had 5th graders go to the carpet several times a day (I like them at the carpet for all mini-lessons--it keeps them focused because they don't have anything to play with.) The kids like it too because it keeps them moving.
     
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    I still have my sixth graders come to the carpet (or well an area in the room). They have less to play with and spend more time listening.
     
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    We meet on the carpet a lot, as do the kids in grade 4! My class meets for morning meeting, mini lessons in reading workshop, writing workshop, math,...also read alouds...my SmartBoard is in my carpet area so we're back and forth to the carpet often.
     
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    Thank you for your responses. It's good to know that intermediate grades can still meet on the carpet.

    I have a feeling that I'll be second-guessing myself a lot next year wondering if what I'm doing is appropriate for third grade. It's hard to think like a third grade teacher when you've always been in first! =)
     
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    I LOVE these responses!
     
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    In all honesty, don't skimp on the carpet teaching!! Also, I recommend making some crate seats (do a search if needed) and having clear expectations/rules for the carpet area. Mine were..

    1. Sit up tall
    2. Only bring what you need
    3. Sit in assigned spot (my kids had assigned crate-seat spots)
    4. Be respectful to others
    5. Raise your hand to talk (although we discuss this one a lot, because many times I want students to share out)

    One thing I do have a difficult time with is having a table arrangement I like that also leaves room for my meeting area.
     
  14. AndreGreen

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    We meet on the Carpet everyday, twice or three times a day, bending on the lesson.
     
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    I've been teaching 3rd grade for 4 years. The past few years I've had the use of an interactive white board, and it has allowed me to have my students not bound to their seats. Many of my lessons throughout the day have the students coming up to the carpet area. It gives us the time to have a class meeting, math lessons, reading lessons, etc. It makes it easy for students to turn and talk with a buddy about the lesson. The students sitting on the carpet also make it easy for classroom management. I can see all my students and it doesn't' give them a chance to play with the stuff in their desks.
     
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    I don't even have enough space to have a carpet area! WAH!
     
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    This year, I will have a classroom layout that will lend to learning at the "meeting area" (a.k.a. "land of crate seats" and carpet). There is absolutely nothing wrong with it. My students will be doing a majority of their inquiry lessons at the carpet as well as all their mini-lessons (in reading and math). My technology will be up there, and I'd rather all be close than them sitting at their desks for that part of the lesson.

    Of course, they will be at their desks when working independently. Definitely for tests, experiments, and the like.

    The kids also move around to work during centers- and some may really enjoy the carpet. They have the option of sitting at desks as well. Whatever works for them.

    (Oh, and I am the only fourth grade teacher, I think, with a carpet area... every teacher is different :) )
     
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    It's good to know that intermediate grades can and do meet on the carpet. I'm thinking that I'm going to set up a meeting area along one of the side walls instead of right in the middle like I used to do. Now I just need to figure out what size carpet I'll need. Since my classroom is all tile this year, I want to make sure that my carpet will accommodate all of my students. Thanks for the great responses!
     
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    Absolutely!

    Now you got me thinking about this insanely weird layout where the meeting area is DIRECTLY in the middle of the classroom. Hmm... really odd, but really interesting thought.
     
  20. newteacher1st

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    I am glad to see someone else is making this journey too! All of my experience is in first grade and I have just been offered a 3rd grade position! I'm pretty nervous!
     
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    No one else on my team does carpet time. The first day of school I tried to conduct a read-aloud standing in the middle of the classroom, walking up and down the aisle, but I lasted 3 pages, before I told the students to meet me at the rug. I feel like we are close, I feel confident that they are listening, and they are more likely to stay on task because they have my eyes near them.
     

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