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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:
SECTION 1: Planning for a Substitute Teacher
Page 3 – Substitute Teacher – Checklist: Items to Leave for Your Substitute Teacher
When getting ready for a substitute teacher you don’t want to forget anything important! Use this checklist to help you prepare for your day out of the building.
Pages 4-5 – Substitute Teacher – About My Classroom
Your substitute will need to know the basics of how your classroom is organized and run. Photocopy and print this form and re-use each time you have a substitute teacher.
Page 6-7 – Substitute Teacher – Classroom Management for My Substitute
You can share the basics of your management system using this form.
Page 8 – Substitute Teacher – Penalty Box
If your students need a visual reminder of good behaviors when there is a substitute teacher, you can photocopy and cut out these Penalty Boxes so that each student has one on their desk. It would be a good idea to explain the Penalty Box to your students before you have a substitute. That way when the see it, they will already know what it is, which will make the substitute’s job much easier!
Page 9 – Substitute Teacher – Student Accountability Chart
You may want to use this form to remind students that while you are out, you still have expectations that they must follow. This form can help keep your students on track in your absence. Your substitute can pass the forms out at the start of class after reviewing expectations for the class period. As the class is in session, the students should fill out parts of the chart as appropriate. There are multiple entry boxes so this sheet can be reused throughout the day to gather student feedback.
Page 10 – Substitute Teacher – End of the Day Review
Leave this form for the substitute teacher to fill out at the end of the day. It is helpful to have feedback from the sub, and this will guide them to leave the specific details teachers want to know about! There is space to review two classes per page. Photocopy as needed.
Page 11– Substitute Teacher – Student Evaluation
This form can be used as a warm-up the day you return after having a substitute teacher. Hearing what happened from the students’ eyes can help you learn how the day really went!
Page 12 – Substitute Teacher – Emergency Plans
Hopefully you will never have to use this—but in the event you have an unexpected emergency, you might want to pre-plan something for your students to do while you are gone. Use this form to organize a week’s worth of plans just in case they are ever needed.
SECTION 2: Student Reflection and Goal-Setting
Page 14 – Academic Goal Setting
This can be used at the start of the new term to help students identify an area they would like to improve over the course of the term. Collect the forms and plan to hold mini-conferences throughout the term where you talk with each student about their goals and update their goal sheet together.
Page 15 – Pre-Assessment Evaluation
This reflection is intended for students to complete immediately after taking an assessment, but before it is graded. It will help them determine how prepared they were for the exam.
Page 16-17 – Post-Assessment Reflection
This reflection for is intended for students to fill out when you return the assessments. Have them fill out the first side as you pass back the papers (lay them upside-down on the students’ desks.) They are instructed to view their test when they get to the bottom of the first page of this reflection. The second page will help students process any errors they made and make a plan for remediation if a plan is needed and you allow remediation points. If you don’t allow students to earn back points, just use the first page.
Page 18 – Assessment Corrections
This form is intended to help students organize and process errors they made on an assessment. If the chart entries are too small, students can regenerate the chart on their own paper using the same headings as provided.
Page 19-20 – Midterm Student Reflection
A natural time for students to reflect on their performance is at the midterm. You can use this form to get your students thinking about where they stand right now and what needs to be done before the end of the term arrives. There is also a place for parents to sign and write comments for you to read when this sheet is returned.
Page 21 – Preparing for Parent-Teacher Conferences
This form can be use to guide conversations during parent-teacher conferences. Have the student fill it out first, and then write your comments afterwards. If parents do not show up to conferences, you can mail this form home so they can still get the update from you.
Page 22 – Getting Caught Up Checklist
Here is an easy-to-use format you can use to help a student get caught up when they fall very far behind with their assignments. Hopefully you won't have to use this too much!
Page 23-24 – End of Term Reflection
This reflection is meant to help students reflect on their entire school year and recognize their growth while identifying areas they can still improve in the future.
SECTION 3: Discipline Forms and Parent Communication
Page 27 – Behavior Consequence Form
This form can be used to have a student process their behavior when something goes wrong. You can then photocopy this form and keep one for your records and send one home to get signed. If you give a detention, you should attach this reflection to the detention form.
Page 28 – Behavior Consequence Phone Script
Sometimes a phone call home works better than sending a note home. If you choose to call home, it can also be helpful to have the student involved in that phone call. Start by having the student fill out this sheet privately. Then read over it together and process what happened. Be sure you don’t have this conversation if you are angry. If anything needs to be changed on the form, be sure to change it during the processing conversation. When ready, have the student call home. They must read word for word what is on the sheet. If they paraphrase or change the words, point to the sheet to ensure they read it the way you processed together. After the student talks to his or her parent, he or she will hand you the phone. The hard part is done—now you can answer parent questions.
Page 29 – Cheating Reflection Form
This form can be used to help students process their thoughts after an incident of cheating occurs. ALL students involved should fill out a form on their own. These forms can also be shared with parents.
Page 30 – Missing Assignment Slip
This will help keep parents informed of late assignments. They will appreciate it and hopefully the work will soon come in on time!
Page 31 – Missing Assignment Log
If missing work begins to add up for a student, have them fill this out each day in class to keep track of what is missing.
Page 32 – Something’s Missing!
At times you might want to photocopy and pass out reminders about missing field trip forms or other academic and non-academic items. This handout works well for almost anything that is missing!
Page 33 – Academic Concerns Letter Home
This letter can be sent home when a student’s grade slips below 70%. Fill in the blanks and it’s ready to send home! Or retype the letter to better fit your needs.
Page 34 – Parent Communication Log
At the start of the school year, photocopy and staple together a few of these sheets or arrange in a binder. Each time you communicate with a parent, make a note. This will help you remember to follow through on your word after talking to parents.
Page 35 – Emailing Parents
It can be daunting to communicate with the parents of your students. Use this guide to develop an email that will set the right tone and accomplish what you need to say.
Page 36 – Tips for Your Class Website
If your school doesn’t have guidelines to follow when creating your class website you can use the tips on this page to help create an appropriate website.
* Note: This file is also sold in small portions. This file, "Teacher Survival: Templates and Forms", by Red Beetle Resource Books, is the compilation of 3 smaller sections that are sold for $8 each. Purchasing as a whole book (this file) is $20.
Links to the whole series below:
Teacher Survival: Templates and Forms
Planning for a Substitute Teacher
Student Reflection and Goal Setting
Discipline Forms and Parent Communication