Students would fill out their STAR Schedule on Thursday and they would follow the schedule on Fridays.
I would implement it slightly different from the blog post I read. I would limit math work to the math block and reading work to the reading block and so on. Content is for Science and/or Social Studies. VIP is an acronym for their VIP Folder which holds all unfinished work. I set aside a 30 minute block just for this, if a student has no unfinished work then they would use this time for studying or possibly making study materials (flash cards).
I also want to create some type of tracking sheet and goal sheet for math, reading and writing. I want students to spend these days working toward their goals. With this being said, this is what I envision...
Math- students can sign up for a mini-lesson (remediation) with me on a specific skill (I would offer 3 different lessons, 20 minutes each), students can play a math game on the computer or one that's available in the classroom, or any task that will help accomplish their goal.
Content- this time is for science and/or social studies. I have created Design Briefs (mini projects) for just about every content topic. Students would use this time to work on these projects. (Example: when learning about map skills students have to create a classroom map)
Reading- again students can sign up for a mini-lesson with me based on the goals they have (summarizing, inferring), there's also reading games they can play, one *required* activity will be 20 minutes of read to self during that block, if fluency is a goal students could also do repeated time readings and so on.
Writing- students will be writing independently or collaboratively during this block, I also envision students signing up for writing conferences and publishing writings on the computer.
So to sum this all up...
My students will have a 1/2 inch STAR Binder that will house their...
- quarterly requirements in Reading (4 response letters, 1 reading project, 1 comprehension interview) and Writing (2 writing processes and 2 poems)
- tracking and goal sheets in math, reading and writing
What do you think of all this? Do you think could work? Would you try it in your room? Pros...Cons... I would LOVE some feedback on this approach!!!