Easing back into the school year is incredibly important, regardless of curriculum deadlines or benchmark tests. Students need to be readjusted to the school environment if they are to flourish. Research shows that when students are shown and reinforced proper social behaviors at the beginning of the year, incidents of classroom and building wide disruptions fall dramatically.
This is a guide for Middle School Administrators and Teachers to use when creating a developmentally appropriate plan for the first week of school. It outlines a four day, building wide, plan for schools to follow. Students start by learning the basics of how to enter a classroom appropriately and gradually work their way to transitioning from classroom to classroom. This is all done with the core unit of a Middle School, the Advisory, or Home Room. This is a place where students spend their first week, learning how to build relationships, and connect with each other on a personal level.
With the right amount of planning, students and teachers can form relationships with each other. These relationships can be used to greatly enhance the learning and social experience. But it all starts during that first week. It must be deliberate, well thought out, and faithfully executed.