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1 The First Days of School by Harry Wong

2 Overview & Theoretical Perspective o A book to help teachers start their year successfully o Addresses grades K-12 o Discusses structure, organization, discipline, & professionalism o Designed for all teachers o First year o Professors o Experienced o Administrators

3 What are the best ways to arrange a classroom? o Floor space o Students desks o Teachers desk o Bookcases & filing cabinets o Activity centers and work areas o Things to consider o Movement patterns of students o The need for students to obtain materials, texts, supplies, etc. o The need for students to see the instructor o 5 keys to good room arrangement o Use an arrangement consistent with your instructional goals and activities o Keep high traffic areas free of congestion o Be sure students are easily seen by the teacher o Keep frequently used teaching materials and student supplies accessible o Be certain students can see instructional presentations and displays

4 What are effective time management techniques? Outside research o Have instruction constantly going on o Transition from one activity to another quickly and easily o Remind students of time remaining for a particular activity o Take time to walk around and talk to students while they are working First Days of School says… o Do not waste time to take roll at the beginning of the day o Have something for students to do as they enter the classroom o Have 30 minutes of free time on Fridays o Have lesson plans ready to go and practice them before class

5 What are good ways to transition from summer to school? Teacher Preparation o First days determine success for the year o Organization and structure from the beginning is key o Teacher education rarely prepares new teachers o Effective schools have programs for new teachers Student Transitions o New classroom brings change in social and environmental factors o Lots of adjustment o Studies about school transitions related to stress o Grades 3-4 o Improvements during breaks

6 What are some community building exercises? Outside research o Unity establishes a safe environment o 6 strategies for building community among diversity o Parent visits o Weekly interactive newsletters o Open houses o Cultural letters o Valentines letters o Cultural celebrations o Teacher models practice of communication First Days of School says… o Creating community among school community, not diverse learners o Students o Faculty o Parents o Community members o Neighborhood o Celebrate the first day of school o Welcome students o Banner o Announcements o Guides at school

7 How do you establish rules and transition into discussing them with your students? Outside Research o Types of rules o Specific o General o Writing rules o New teachers encouraged to create their own o Student help is seen more often First Days of School says… o Teacher centered o School-wide plans o Faculty is on the same page o Students experience consistency o Keep list between 3 and 5 o Modeling is key o Multiple times a day o Non-examples o Transitioning o Give list of rules to each student o Direct attention to pre- made poster

8 What are effective discipline techniques? Outside research o Responses based on perceived intention o Knowing when to intercede o Knowing appropriate response First Days of School says… o Rules must have consequences o Need to be reasonable and logical o See handout o Dont interrupt your lesson

9 Interviewing a Professional o Amanda Lorenz o Teachers Aide at Bloomington Junior High School o What is one classroom management technique used in your classroom? o Post-it notes o First time student acts out puts a post-it on desk o If misbehavior continues, puts tallies on post-it o At the end of the day, students with tallies see teacher o Likes this method because it is subtle and doesnt embarrass students in front of their peers

10 o What is a type of positive reinforcement you use for classroom management? o Smiley faces on the board next to student names for on task behavior o Thumbs-up basket o Since you work specifically with students with behavior disorders, what are some techniques you use for behavior management? o Express concern even when its hard o If she needs to scold, takes student into hallway o Silence can be golden o Miss Lorenzs classroom contract

11 The Website o o Digital & standard products o Online quiz o Awards o First Days of School won Education Bestseller Award

12 Professional Development o Implementation guide o Free o Includes: o Background information o Activities o Questions o Videos on effective teaching

13 Our Thoughts


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