This 40-page resource is designed to help you get off to a great start as you begin each school year. Giving these four priorities the time and emphasis they deserve will pay big dividends for you, your students, and their families. I provide a brief description of each priority below. The chapters in this PDF file bring these ideas to life with a wide variety of activities, strategies, suggestions, and sample pages.
1. Establish procedures, routines, and expectations so students know how to function efficiently and effectively in your classroom. Keep this training period going until performing these routines and procedures becomes second nature for students. Generally, 4-6 weeks will be sufficient.
2. Build a cooperative classroom culture through ice-breaking and team-building activities so students feel safe and comfortable and see one another as friends and assets, not rivals.
3. Establish a sense of purpose in your class so students understand why it is important to come to school each day and work hard. Children who understand the many purposes of their learning will behave better, work with greater motivation and enthusiasm, and find greater meaning in their work.
4. Communicate with your students’ families about the new year. Build a sense of excitement, optimism, and possibility as you share your plans for the coming months. Be proactive. Doing so gives you the opportunity to package your ideas and articulate them in the best possible light. Proactive communication increases your credibility, strengthens your voice, and reaffirms your position of leadership.
The First Month of School: Start Your School Year with 4 Priorities in Mind
by Steve Reifman
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