Fast finishers are one of the most challenging aspects of classroom management. In a typical classroom of 20-30 students, how do you deal with those students who finish way ahead of the rest? How do you ensure that the early finishers are not simply doing busy work and are engaged in a task that is relevant and fun? How do you ensure that those fast finishers do not become a classroom management issue that distracts your other students?
When I was in the classroom full-time this was always an issue for me. I got tired of telling students to take out a book and read when they were finished their work. Of course, there is enormous value in reading, but it’s nice to be able to offer some variety for the students who finish quickly. I tried putting out folders of activities for the early finishers, but it proved to be hard to keep up with, and hard to keep finding relevant activities that really interested my students.
This is how the Early Finisher Board was born.
The Early Finisher Board is a choice board that includes a variety of relevant, interesting activities for your students who finish their work early. You can set it up on a tri-fold board, a bulletin board, or even an empty piece of wall space or the side of a cabinet. Some teachers even use folders to put the activities in.
This keeps your fast finisher students quietly engaged while the others take the time they need to finish their work. Additionally, it motivates the other students to finish their work more quickly than usual, because they want to do an activity from The Early Finisher Board too.