Have you heard of Sit Spots? I've seen a bunch of primary teachers using them to mark spots for students to sit. One day I jokingly said to my coteacher, "I think WE need Sit Spots!". I decided to snoop around their website a little bit and then my brain started working overtime. I learned that they work on classroom carpet without damaging it (note...they do NOT work on area rugs) and come in a zillion shapes and colors.
I started to think--would having some of these portable "spots" help me with transitions and organization? Would they help my students stay focused and know what to do? In the intermediate grades, we don't necessarily need our students to "stay put" in one spot, but I had some ideas for how to use these in intermediate classrooms...and the Sit Spot people wanted me to test them out!
Here are a few things I am using my spots for! See what you think!
|Although I bought circles (seemed the most "intermediate" and flexible), I did buy a few long strips. I have one area in my room where traffic crosses my small group work. I put the stripe up as a sort of "boundary" for my group area. It worked!|
|I also tried putting spots in a semicircle for a reading group...I am NOT a table person and this did keep my students right where I wanted them!|
So I have some great news! The Sit Spot people are so excited about the thought of extending their reach into more intermediate classrooms that they have agreed to give a FIFTY DOLLAR gift certificate to one of you! It's super easy to enter the giveaway...they want to reward my followers! If you are interested, just enter below! You could get a set of Sit Spots of your own for the holidays!