Strategy: Posting and Using a Schedule
How to Develop, Post, and Follow a Schedule
First, develop a schedule that is developmentally appropriate, accurate, allocates 80% or more of the day to academic instructional activities, and that is predictable (see six elements of an effective daily schedule above).
Next, create a visual representation of the schedule that can be easily seen and understood by students and explicitly communicates your expectations each day. Then, teach the schedule to the students.
If your schedule changes across days, you may consider using a system that allows you to easily change information. For instance, using a display holder that allows you to slide different content in and out depending on the day.
When teaching students, you may say something like:
- Notice how this teacher reviews the schedule for the day with the students first thing in the morning.
- This teacher demonstrates writing in cursive (a skill the class is working on) while going over the schedule.
- She also provides opportunities to respond (see Increasing Opportunities to Respond) by asking them to read the words as she writes them.
- What did you like about how the teacher reviewed the schedule for the day?
- How could this be helpful to students?
- How might you incorporate a review of the schedule into your mornings?