I love this time of day. It gives me time to give attention to kids in small groups and it gives the kids time to work independently (which they LOVE). So let me share with you how I get my stations started (from a 2nd grade teacher with no adult helpers point of view).
Now, this isn't something that I just start. It takes time. It takes time to teach the activities. It takes time to set an expectation. It just takes time. But once I've given the time, it's so worth it!
During this time, I like to bring kids to the carpet to discuss all of the good things I saw and any problems I may have seen. This give students the positive feedback they need.
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