Tips for Independent Practice in the Classroom

The teacher can provide a multitude of ways to practice. This enables individual needs to be met. Centers can be set up to store the practice materials and activities (see next post; to come soon). Students can then be allowed to choose or be directed to specific centers. They may work there individually or in small groups.

A few other practice exercises include journals and various other kinds of writing, sustained silent reading, rebuilding in the pocket chart, and work with individual word cards. The segment of the day labeled “open work time” is a time specifically set aside for these activities. Remember to allow students to spend several days on one activity if they wish since students learn at varying rates and extend their thoughts at different levels.

With purposeful practice, students’ literacy and thinking skills can improve over time. Given proper modeling, materials, and guidance, along with plenty of opportunities to practice, all students can experience successful learning.

For worksheets, activity books, and other resources to help strengthen independent practice at home or in the classroom, check out the following books:

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