Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Classroom | Posted on February 10, 2015
‘Many hands make light work’ is a saying, also known as an idiom. It means that if lots of people work together a big task becomes a small task that is done quickly and easily.
Keeping a classroom running smoothly is a big job. So, in 5/6 Team we all help out. At the start of the year we made a list of all the jobs that need doing in our room each day and allocated monitors.
We have monitors for the following jobs:
* Laptop cupboard & computer
* Class meeting ‘chairpeople’
* Class meeting secretary (takes the minutes)
* Hot lunch monitors
* Tidy inspectors
* Teachers’ helpers
* Recycling & Paper
* Class library
* Emergency (fills in when someone is away)
* Bag lockers
* Compost bins
We are lucky enough to have three couches in our classroom. So, we also have two ‘Couch’ monitors. Every morning when the music starts they pull paddle pop sticks with our names on out of the ‘Need a Turn’ container and write the names under the little couches. Three people get to sit on each couch for the whole day.
We also have two ‘Quizzle’ monitors. A quizzle is a cross between a puzzle and a quiz. Miss Crowther and Mrs Placek have 100s of quizzles from a book written by Michael Pohl. Two quizzles are put up at the start of each day and we guess them as part of our End of the Day Process. You can read about our Start and End of the Day Processes in our Class Learning Plan.
Quizzles are words, expressions or lines from a song, in disguise. To solve them you have to think about how the words are written on the page. For example, the clues might be that the words are big, little, in between another word, jumbled up, at the top of the page or at the side of the page.
The answer to the quizzle below is ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’. It is a line from a song in The Wizard of Oz. The clues were that the word ‘Somewhere’ is written above/over the word ‘Rainbow’.
Can you work out the two quizzles below?
Leave your thoughts in a comment!
What monitor jobs do you have in your classroom?
Which monitor job do you think would be the best one to have?