Recently, we had a new student move in to our third grade classroom. The ZONES time in this classroom has been running so smoothly. The students know exactly where to go, what to do, and what the expectations are. I was a little bit nervous that this new student, who hasn't been trained for ZONES, would throw a wrinkle into our math time. But, I decided it give him a few days and see how he did.
Let me tell you -- the power of positive peer pressure is perfect!
I paired our new student with a ZONES "expert" and had him follow the expert for a week. This expert explained how to use the menu and the expectations in each of the zones. The next week, our new student was all on his own, and did a fabulous job! I could tell he was watching the other students for clues of what to do next, especially when it came to making choices with the menu.
I was relieved to see how easily our new student integrated into our math time. I was also so thankful to have ZONES up and running, as it gave me time to conference with him and really get to know his strengths and struggles.
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