Back to school is upon us…some of you (myself included) have already started, while others may be enjoying their last few days of summer break! As I prepared to start the year, one area I wanted to focus on was being more consistent with my expectations and routines, starting on day 1. Over the years, I have learned just how important this is.
Here’s an example of some of the expectations I require of my students:
- Line up outside the door in a straight line until I invite you in (this allows time for the current class to get all of their belongings, or for a quick chat w/ a student in b/t classes).
- Immediately grab warm-up notebook upon entering the room (or whatever you have them use) and begin warm-up. Having students begin work as soon as they come in sets the tone for the rest of the class and gives you time to do attendance, etc.).
- Bathroom Use- I found a great way to prevent the constant interruption of having students ask to use the restroom by using “Potty Passes.” I found this great idea on In the Middle’s blog, and you can access them here. Students get 5 potty passes per quarter. Of course, if it’s an emergency and they’re out of passes, I would still let them go.
Also, during the first couple of days of school, I give each group or pair a set of Student Interest Task Cards. The task cards allow me to get to know my students, which is extremely important in building that relationship from the get-go. Check these out here!
Being prepared is key to having
successful year, and this is the best
advice I could give to any teacher. Best
of luck to all of you, and I hope you have
fabulous 2015-16 school year!!!