Classroom Management FAQ’s

Problem:  I want to include collaborative projects within my classroom.  How can I organize this while continuing to use the instructional framework? 

Consider:  Have students choose a topic of study or assign groups to a topic.  During station time, move from station to station in assigned groups for one day a week.  Each station would include a part of the project to be completed by the group; title, research, project design, i.e.

Consider:  Assign or have students choose a group to work with for a specific project.  Have groups meet at the beginning of the assignment to define and assign roles within the group.  Set up stations to reflect different parts of the project to be completed (title and outline, research behind topic, sequencing/steps to completion, i.e.).  Students from different groups meet together for a day with the common goal of completing their part of the project.  Original groups then meet back together to put parts together into a whole presentation.

CHILD Essential Components that deal with collaboration:

  • Teachers meet regularly to plan and coordinate instruction.
  • Teachers observe students in other classrooms on a regular basis.
  • Students have frequent opportunities to work in cooperative groups.
  • There is sufficient time for collaborative planning.

Problem:  I want to include Writer’s Workshop within my classroom.  How can I organize this while continuing to use the CHILD instructional framework?

Consider:  “As in a professional writer’s workshop, each student in the class is a working author. The teacher is a writing professional and peer coach, guiding authors as they explore their craft.

In Writer’s Workshop classrooms, full class lessons are short and tightly focused on practical real-world issues. As in professional writing workshops, emphasis is placed on sharing work with the class, on peer conferencing and editing, and on the collection of a wide variety of work in a writing folder, and eventually in a portfolio.”

Consider the schedule below and note how it follows closely with the CHILD classroom instructional time frame with:

  • Focus
  • whole group lesson = mini-lesson
  • stations = writing time (status of the class = Daily Station Assignment)
  • reflection/closure = sharing

For more information on Writer’s Workshop, see the article “Welcome to Writer’s Workshop,” by Steve Peha, 2005.

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