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TXnature1

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Students knew they could expect unconditional love, respect and a safe, organized, and productive classroom. I use the ELAR Classroom structure of the Daily 5. It is built on excellent classroom management and procedures including 10 steps to teaching kids independence. My area for improvement next year is to set better procedures in place for my math block. I will implement Math Daily 3, station expectations and procedures, and transition procedures to keep everyone productive. I plan to let students know what they can expect from me, love that suggestion, and then what I expect of them. As a class, the kids also come up with expectations for each other. It will be perfect to connect the mutual expectations to the Golden Rule which we discuss and practice all year long.
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I have been teaching for a few years, but this was my first year to teach 2nd grade. I enjoyed it but there are quite I few things I would like to add and improve.  I was at the door to greet, and other times I had a greeter.  I plan on being there everyday, unless an emergency arises.   I would like to make sure I have my week planned ahead of time, so there are fewer things I have to prepare the day of a lesson. I had some procedures, but I would like to add more, this year.  I will definitely create a PowerPoint with the procedures I want for the classroom, teach, rehearse and review them as well.  I like the idea of posting the procedures on the desk, and the wall too.  I  want to have my classroom management plan and script written up and ready to go the first day of school.  I think using the classroom bag, having students come up with some rules for our class, and have a reward/discipline plan to review and rehearse as well.  There are lots of great ideas that can be applied consistently in this book!
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Since I've been teaching over 20 years now, I have been using lots of procedures for different situations already.  It's nice to know that this book is able to answer questions I've been trying to figure out myself just to gain more organization to my classroom.  My students expect a fun, but professionally run classroom.  Most students say that they like the fact that my classroom is fairly predictable.  The goals listed on page 18 are goals I definitely would like in my classes.

While I have had organization and procedures, next year I will use the first day to cover and model all procedures.  This book has given me the confidence and affirmation that what I have been doing in my classroom is the right way.  I just need to be much more diligent about introducing these on the first day or days and to also have the procedures and rules displayed in the classroom. 

This gives me something positive to work on throughout my summer so that I am well prepared on the first day!

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22209, I like that you are going to make a point to greet your students at the door. I have been doing this for years and feel that it is very effective in identifying students either having a great day or a poor one. Those with a poor one gives you a great opportunity to visit with them one on one, even though this is taking time out of your class. But, with the practices discussed with bell ringers and procedures in place for students at the beginning of each class, this would not really be taking that much time out of your instruction. Plus, you would be building those relationships. 
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Thinking back on the past year, I am not sure that my students knew what they could expect from me. They really learned it from how I responded but it was not something that I verbally went over with them.  I hope in the coming year to be able to be more explicit in telling my students not only what I expect from them, but also what they can expect from me.  

As I was reading the thing that stuck out to me was the reminder that procedures and rules are two very different things.  Definitely something I need to work on.

I love the idea of using a power point at the beginning to show students the procedures for each activity.  

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@Sdcatoe
I agree that starting procedures the first day would be more beneficial.  I was at a junior high where every teacher was required to share a slide show with the expectations and procedures of the school.  Though this was helpful, it wasn't the best way of handling things.  Had I known to have them practice the routines that were presented during that time, while we were in the classroom, I think it would have been more beneficial in the long run for student success and campus success.  The reason I state this is,  because your description sounds very similar to my past campus. 
My new campus, however, has NO procedures as a class or campus, so I don't intend to do the "getting to know you" activities as a whole class, but as Morning Work and then to practice the procedure of how we share and how I get their attention.  I want to know my students, but I also want to practice the procedures that I want for the school year.  Best of luck next year!

@ehowe
I am SO impressed of the level of consistency you have for 4 year olds!  I am a tad jealous also, because I wish I could have used your example to explain to a parent this last year that kids are capable of being responsible.  (She felt as if her 10 year old could be help accountable for bringing home a progress report!)  I will however, use your example in the future if I encounter a similar parent as I can state that the procedures we put in place allow our students to be responsible for their actions, and consistency in their lives.  I think that providing the routines for the parents also might help them see the importance of their child being there on time or not being picked up early!  Best of luck!

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naletta

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I'm going to try this again, unfortunately I'm being helped by a kitten.  Not sure if I just posted part of a response or nothing.  Last year was my first year back after being gone from the regular classroom for 5 years (I was teaching at a nature center).  I had taught for 15 years before that so I guess I thought I knew what I was doing.  Unfortunately,  I did not give myself any time between the two jobs and I was not as prepared as I thought I was.  I fought my class all year because I didn't have procedures in place.  I loved all my kids, but I found out at the end of the year that they didn't know that.  I had a student tell me he didn't trust me. [frown]

I am so excited for next year, though.  I will be ready to start the school year off right.  I know the procedures I didn't have that I needed.  I know my way around the school.  And most of all I know that I need to make sure my students know how much I care about them and how much I believe in them.  

Reading this book is helping me formulate even more of my plan for the best year yet!

Naletta
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Just read a comment about the Golden Rule.  We started talking a lot about this in my classroom near the middle of the year.  Next year we will start with it.  I'm even planning on having a nice sign made up that hangs right by our door.

Naletta

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This past year, I returned to the classroom after doing Special Ed for 6 years. I started the school year by creating a class agreement with my 1st graders about how we would treat each other. We role played the right way and the wrong way to interact with each other.  We posted the agreement and initially read it frequently. As suggested in the book (p19), I greeted each of my students every morning. It was a great way to start our day. 

I'll admit that I wasn't prepared for all the procedures that I needed to teach. For example, it didn't occur to me that 1st graders needed specific bathroom procedures. I can see that my year would have been a lot smoother if I had followed the Wongs' suggestions. Posting many of the procedures would have helped me remember them and reinforce them regularly to build routine. (My students often acted like they had never done some of the procedures before.) Our days did get a little crazy, especially with talking.

While reading the 1st section of the book, I started a list of all the procedures that I might possibly need for the coming year. I'm trying to think each one out as if I were a student in my class. I love the idea of creating a power point to use when teaching the procedures. I want to post them.

I'm changing schools and grades this year. I'll be teaching 7th & 8th grade History. I want to have clear procedures and strong class management skills so I can enjoy my new teaching job.

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@Teach with Heart

I understand what you mean about all the procedures and not realizing some of the things you need procedures for.  After being out of the traditional classroom for five years I too forgot a lot I needed.  I am also making a list of all the procedures I need to teach.  And the first few days will be all about that.  I felt like I was always tweaking and reteaching all year long now.  I feel so much better prepared for next year.

I bet you'll feel better too especially since you will have older students.

Naletta

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Jennifer G.:  I really agree with you on fairness.  As a teacher, you lose a student's respect quickly if you are prone to playing favorites.  I treat fairness as a "golden rule" in my classroom.  It really matters to the kids.
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As a first year teacher I did not know what to expect from my students or what they could expect from me. I knew I wanted to create a positive classroom community of learners. How could I do this. I began to reflect on my student teaching experiences and time I spent substituting in other districts. I then decided that my students would all be treated fair, with respect, and differentiated classroom instruction that meets their individual learning needs/styles. 
Page 18 in the text the author highlights expectations that educators can expect from students and vice versa. This information is extremely important especially for first year teachers. This outline provides educators with a plan that they can add information to or take information from so that it works for them in their classroom. It is important to remember that what works for one educator in his or her room on his or her campus may not work for you. Educators should be flexible and continue to devise a plan that works in their favor and is in the best interest of the students. 
Next year as a second year teacher I will make my expectations much more clear. I will model what I expect and stay consistent throughout the entire school year. 
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Angela R Ritter

In your response you stated, "My students knew that I would be at the door to greet them into the classroom and that they would have a “to do” list posted on the board." 

This was something that I want to try and be consistent at doing. I started off the year doing this however I failed to continue it throughout the year because during the times students were transitioning from one class to another I would begin to check my email or pick up things that were out of place in the classroom while students were coming in. I want to be more prepared and have students to come in and expect to get right to work. 

Thank you. [smile]
MJML220

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Robin C, I feel a lot like you do that my students may not really know what my expectations are.  I am going to try to put words to what my expectations are and be sure to vocalize them to the students throughout the year.  The students I will have are the same students I had last year because I'm moving up with all of them, so most of them know a lot about me.  However, I think talking with them about this at the beginning of the year may also help them to open up about maybe how they felt last year.  Thanks for the good ideas!
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Reply to:  MJML220         Melissa - It is inspiring that someone with 20 years experience like you is still looking for new strategies!  I'm sure you are a veteran teacher with lots of tools under your belt already.  I look forward to hearing more of your thoughts.

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