Communicate <I>Must-Do</I> versus <I>May-Do</I> Reading Tasks


Communicate Must-Do versus May-Do Reading Tasks

Posted on April 16, 2017

Communicate Must-Do versus May-Do Reading Tasks

Students are to work independently during Literacy Stations. They have a lot of freedom and make many choices during this time: where to sit, what to read, who to work with. However, some teachers prefer to guide students' decision-making and minimize the plethora of choices. Not to mention, some students need this extra guidance to determine how best to utilize their time.

A simple way to communicate priority tasks (without creating a lot of work for the teacher) is to use the Must-Do and May-Do icons. (Note the play on words...mustard = must do and mayo = may do.)

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Within each Literacy Station, affix the Must-Do icon next to a couple of activities that students should do first. Then place the May-Do icon next to some tasks students can do after they have finished the required ones. (The graphic icons can be resized and printed. Or, place the digital icons within the document itself.)

Reading Block Word-Work Station Contract

In terms of accountability, students who do not accomplish the assigned work in time complete it during recess or as homework. Although students have a lot of freedom during Literacy Stations, they cannot choose to neglect the work. If it doesn't get done during station time that week, then they have to Catch Up (a.k.a. ketchup).

Communicate Catch-Up Reading Tasks

Article originally posted September 18, 2014.