I need some ideas/advice about reading time in my class. I talked to one of the other 1st grade teachers the other day and she said that they usually do small groups. I am def. fine with this because I like doing small groups, but I am trying to figure out what is best to do with my other students while I work with the small groups because my whole class will be in the room. This teacher said that she gives them seatwork and she said the other teacher is doing centers. I personally don't want to do either mainly because I think it is hard for 1st graders to do seatwork (esp. at the beginning of the year) and I think seatwork will tend to become boring and repetitive for them. Even tho I know there may be some days where I will need them to do something before we get into groups. I also don't exactly want to do centers either because I think that sometimes those can become distracting. Now I will probably let a few kids use the computers each day and use that somewhat as a center, but I need to figure out what to do with the rest of them. The one teacher told me that she didn't have time to do an actual writing lesson so she incorporated it into other lessons. I thought maybe that was one thing I could let them do during that time is write in their journal. I want everything that they do to be instructional. I was thinking maybe on Fridays letting them play quiet games depending on how well the rest of the week went but I need to know what to give them Mon-Thurs to do. Any ideas or suggestions would help. Thanks!