This happened in my early teaching career just about this time of year. School had been in session for a few weeks and my students had mastered stations/center behavior…almost. I had several students who quickly completed their station work and despite being warned, always came to my small group to tell me, “I’m done, so what can I do now?” I would have to stop and quickly find another activity to engage my early finishers. In the meantime, I have lost the attention of my small guided group. Picture me tearing out my hair!!!
Too often, the follow-up activities were just more paperwork. In desperation one weekend, I created a group of task cards that encompassed many different activities. I put them up on one of my bulletin boards with the heading CHALLENGE BOARD! Each student was given a Challenge Folder with their name on it. I showed the board to the class and explained that IF each of them finished the station they were supposed to do early, they could come and choose ANY task card activity. They could work on their chosen activity until time to come back to whole group.
I also explained the Challenge Board could also be their morning work activity choice as they came into class each morning. That way ALL my students could be working on a challenge activity, regardless of early finishing of stations.
This was a life saver for me! Everyone was busy AND my students had choices for their work!!! Besides my October Enrichment Challenges (just click the pics!) I also have enrichment challenges for Halloween Activities for Early Finishers and Holiday Enrichment and Challenges for Early Finishers. Just click the link to find more challenges and enrichment activities!!