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Fast Finishers

If you’re a teacher, then I bet you could name the students in your class who take forever to complete work and those that finish really quickly, without even thinking about it!

It is so important that the students who finish their work early have something meaningful to do until it is time to move on to the next lesson. It also teaches them effective management skills as they are being productive with their time and not becoming bored and distracting others.

The expectations should be made very clear to the students. Once their work has been marked and they have been given the go ahead, they are to complete an activity from the fast finisher poster (before this you may give the students an extension activity related to the lesson).

You might like to provide the students with an exercise book which they can specifically use for the fast finisher tasks (as an alternative to the poster, you might like to provide the students with the following list to glue on the inside cover of the book).

The fast finisher poster may list the following:

  • Complete any unfinished work
  • Fast finisher booklet (may include a range of activities from practicing multiplication tables to researching something they are interested in)
  • Read a book
  • Read the class blog and write a comment
  • Use the educational apps on the iPads
  • Play an educational game on the computer
  • List of websites the students can visit
  • Educational board games
  • Practise multiplication tables
  • Practise spelling words
  • Complete story starters

How do you cater for the fast finishers in your class?

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2 thoughts on “Fast Finishers

  1. I have a few sets of laminated task cards with activities for writing, spelling and maths. Writing task cards have story starters or themes for students to write about, spelling words are displayed in the room so students can complete various spelling activities, and maths task cards have problem-solving activities as well as open-ended problems. There is also a few sets of the card game Uno in the room, which the students are very good at organising themselves with. It gets a lot of dialogue happening between students and mixes up friendship groups – so it acts as a social activity as well.

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