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Organizing and Planning for the First Days of School
- Getting Ready for the School Year
- The First Days of School
- Icebreakers and Games
- Planning for a Substitute Teacher
- Student Reflection and Goal Setting
- Discipline Forms and Parent Communication
In this file:
Page 5 – Yourself as a Student
Find a picture of yourself when you were as old as the children you teach. Paste that picture on this page and hang it somewhere that your students will see. Fill in the blanks with your information. Example: “Mrs. Smith in 8th grade”
Pages 6-7 – Student Center
If you have an area in your room set up for students to borrow pencils, scissors, glue, markers, calculators, or any other classroom supplies, it is essential to have a system to keep track of who is borrowing items. Label all of the items in your student center and place a basket for IDs in the student center. If your students don’t have IDs, you can leave a clipboard with a log to keep track of borrowed items.
Pages 8-10 – Hallway Passes
Whenever students leave your classroom, it is a good idea for them to have a pass with them so that any adult who sees them will know they are allowed in the hall at that time. You can use this in conjunction with the Classroom Sign-Out Log on page 23. First, photocopy, laminate, and cut out each pass. Then affix the soft side of Velcro (or a magnet) to the back of each pass and the rough side of Velcro (or a magnet) to the wall. Now your passes are easy to access and organize. If you want the passes to be more firm, you can mount the photocopied passes on cardstock or chipboard before affixing the Velcro (or magnet) on the back.
Pages 11-12 – Classroom Library
It is helpful to have a clear system for students to follow when they borrow books from your classroom library. Place a stack of notecards on one of the shelves near the example check-out card (found on page 12). When students borrow a book, hold on to that card. If the book gets lost, you can have them replace the book easily by looking up the ISBN number. Keep the completed cards in a safe place that you can easily access when a student returns a book they have borrowed.
Page 13 – Colored Feedback Key Rings
These little key rings are a great classroom management tool. You can use them to guide discussion and assess student understanding. You may even find other uses on your own!
Page 14-19 – Classroom Quotes
Enlarge these quotes to poster-size, mount them on colored paper, then hang them around your room. Talk to your students about the meaning behind each one. You may find yourself pointing to these quotes on the wall all year long!
Pages 20-21– Classroom Guidelines Activity
You can have your students help create your classroom guidelines using this activity. Or, if you would rather create them yourself, you can write on and draw ideas from this template.
Page 22 – Locker Log
Use this form to keep track of student lockers and locker combinations.
Page 23 – Classroom Sign-Out
When students need to leave the room for any reason, have them use this log to sign out. This will help you keep track of who leaves, where they go, and how often they leave your class. Hang this sheet on a clipboard next to your door so students can access it easily after they have obtained your permission to leave the room.
Page 24– Late Log Sign-In
Hang this sign-in sheet on a clipboard near your door. If students arrive late to class (excused or unexcused) have them fill in the log. This is an easy way to keep track of tardies without the need to interrupt what you are doing with the rest of the class when students arrive late.
Page 25 – Preparedness and Behavior Logs
Sometimes teachers have a need to track certain behaviors or attributes. This log can be used as a full sheet (separate sections for different classes) or can be cut out and clipped at the top of a clipboard, always on top of whatever else is on the clipboard so it’s easily accessible to the teacher. Often times in order to correct behaviors in our students we need to first identify that there is an issue, and tracking that issue is made easier with a log such as this one. Adapt it to meet your needs—use a new “code” if you’d like. There is a blank rectangle at the top of each section so you can label each section with the class period or a single student’s name.
Page 26 – Lucky Ducky
Use these for whatever will motivate your students. Copy and cut them out. Give them out to students for doing something remarkable or obtaining a goal that you set. Write the student’s name in the box under the duck. Let students turn in any they have earned to receive a one-day extension on a homework assignment, to choose a prize from your prize bin, or anything else you would like!
Pages 27-30 – Absent Station
Having a plan to keep track of what students missed when they were out will not only help them, but it will save you a great deal of time when the students return. The provided material can help you stay organized if you follow this basic plan:
1. Set up an “Absent Station” that has a file folder and binder for each one of your classes. Tape a class roster on the front of each folder or binder for students to use to determine who is absent. This folder will be used to keep track of papers for students who were absent. The binder will be made into an “Absent Notebook” by photocopying and hole-punching as many of page 27 as you need and placing them inside. You can use one binder per class (recommended) or use one larger binder with tabs for each class. Hang the signs on pages 24-26 in the Absent Station.
2. Assign two students per class period to be the “Absent Notetakers”. (This should switch every two weeks or so.)
3. Those students should work together to ensure all handouts are collected for absent students. They should also gather any work that was passed back for absent students.
4. Throughout the class period, they should fill out the Absent Notebook.
5. At the end of class, they should return Absent Notebook and place any handouts or returned work in the class folder for the students who were absent to retrieve when they return.