This year I will be using the book Total Participation Techniques to increase higher order thinking and partipication in my classroom.
This being said, I used their methods in my lesson plans for the first two weeks to create rules and having students find their strengths and make long term goals. I teach 4th grade in inner city Philadelphia and turning typically negative behaviors into strengths is my goal for this year. I used the book From Rage to Hope by Crystal Kuyendall for some of my ideas as well.
Introducing Rules includes two weeks worth of lesson plans. I will also have on my page materials that will be linked to the lessons if they aren't already included.