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Here’s where you’re really going to earn those 12 hours of CPE…

Create a “script” or first day of school plan for your classroom. 

Final Reminder: responses to all FIVE discussion questions are due by Friday, July 10

CPE certificate information will be sent via email to all participants who completed all FIVE discussion questions by July 31, 2015. 

Thank you again for your thoughtful responses throughout this book circle. I've really enjoyed reading all of them!

Maggie Susong
ATPE Member Engagement Coordinator

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Script for 1st Day of School (High School Math)

{At the door.}

Ms. M.: Welcome! My name is Ms. M. This is Algebra 1 with Ms. McIntyre. Does this match your schedule? Great. Please find your name on the seating chart on the overhead and then take your assigned seat. 
Ms. M.: Hello, My name is Ms. M. I'm glad to have you here. From today forward, we are going to start class with a warm-up which you will always find on the left side of the board. When you come into class, you will quietly find your assigned seat, look at the left board and complete the warm-up. If you finish and others are still working, you can work on the challenge problem, read, or work on homework.

Let's start: please get out a sheet of paper and complete the warm-up. Questions?
{Review warm-up. Introduce subject and agenda for the first lesson.}

Ms. M.: Please let's go over the classroom rules. They are short and will help as you learn  Algebra 1. I'm passing them out also, for you and your caretaker(s) to read, sign and return. You can see that they are listed on the wall next to the board, also.
1. Follow directions the first time given.
2. Raise your hand and wait for permission to speak.
3. Stay in your seat unless given permission to do otherwise.
4. Keep your hands, feet and objects to yourself.
5. No cursing.

Ms. M.: I want to make sure that this is a place where you can learn. Below the list of rules on the wall, you will see the consequences for not following our classroom rules. You will also have a copy of this to share with your caretaker(s) to read, sign and return.

Consequences for breaking a rule:
1st time: Warning. Name on board.
2nd time: One check. 10 minutes after school on Friday.
3rd time: Two checks. 20 minutes after school on Friday.
4th time: Three checks. 30 minutes after school on Friday.
5th time: Four checks. 40 minutes after school on Friday. Referral.
Names and check ares erased each Friday afternoon.

Ms. M.: These rules and consequences begin today and remain in effect until the end of our Algebra 1 class.

Let's go over them again. How do you enter the classroom? Who can demonstrate? What do you do when you enter the classroom? What's our first classroom rule? 2nd? 3rd? 4th? 5th? What if a rule is broken for the first time? 2nd time? 3rd time? 4th time? 5th time? Great! We'll go over this again as needed.

Welcome to this Algebra 1 class. I'm excited to have you here. Please note that my contact information will be posted above the board, and is included in your handouts.

Tamra M.
M/S H/S Math Teacher

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My First Day of School Script

Before Class

  • Hang a sign on the open door with instructions for what to do upon arrival.

    • Go eat breakfast

    • Sit criss-cross applesauce in the hall

    • Read a book quietly in the hall

  • Place name tags on the desks for students to find their seats.

  • Have sharpened pencils in the “sharpened” can

  • Have Consequences chart in a general location to allow easy access for students to move their clothespin clip when needed.

  • Make a Classroom Rules poster:

    • Be Respectful

    • Be Responsible

    • Be Caring

    • Be Prepared

  • Place morning work at each student’s desk.  A response to a quote.

  • Have turn in tower basket labeled with each class period and teacher’s homeroom name.  This is where students will turn in their work when they are finished.

  • Make an “I’m done! What do I do now?” poster and hang in the classroom.

    • Work on unfinished writing assignments located in your manila folder and the correct box.

    • Complete a center activity. (One required per week)

    • Read your library book.

  • Make a seating chart, with student pictures (if available), and put on clipboard.

  • Write the date on the board along with the day’s agenda

  • Create a posted schedule with the disclaimer, “Schedule is subject to change”

  • Label each Owl Cut-out with a student’s name (all three classes) so that each student can be responsible for their attendance.

  • Create Job Wheel with the following jobs:  teacher assistant, substitute assistant, paper passer, line leader, book monitor, lights monitor, supplies monitor, desk checker, board washer, owl cut-out monitor, new student greeter, trash monitor, and pledge leader

  • Make copies of: quote on lined paper, procedures for parents and students, the owl glyph and directions.


7:45 am (10:15; 1:45)  Greet Each Student At the Door

  • Say Good Morning to each student as they enter the classroom.

  • Say Read and complete the to-do list on the board. 

  • To-Do List for the first day will be:

    • Locate your seat by finding the desk with your name on it.

    • Now, locate the owl cut-out with your name on it and move it from the “Absent” side to the correct space for you today, “Present and getting a school lunch” or “Present and brought my own lunch”

    • Get out a pencil and colors.  If your pencil needs to be sharpened, then you must use your own sharpener.  If you don’t have a sharpener, please place your pencil in the “unsharpened pencils” can and get a “sharpened pencil” from the can.

    • Begin working on the “All About Me” sheet.


8:00 -8:10 (10:25; 1:55)  Introduction of Teacher

  • Welcome to another school year! My name is Mrs. Ritter and I have placed it on the board for you to refer to it as needed.  I will not respond to Ms, Misses, or Teacher.

  • On your name tag, you will see a number.  This is the number that you will use for the entire school year in my class.  You may have a different number in Mrs. Hopkins, or Mrs. Miller’s class; so that is why I have placed it on your name tag so that you will always remember it.

  • Since I don’t have normal desks, it is important that you make sure you have your items organized when we are not using them.  They will fit under your seat, so as to allow walking space.

  • I am excited about this school year and I am happy to be your teacher.  This is my second year to teach 4th grade, but I have been teaching for 17 years.  I am constantly learning, just like you!

  • I want to share a bit about myself with you.  I am married and have 3 kids; two daughters and a son.  I love to read books, love to write, and I also enjoy crocheting.  I am originally from Amarillo, Texas.  I love the Fall, chocolate, and Dr. Pepper! My favorite color is peach.  I also love teaching, I can’t imagine doing anything else.

  • This year is not just about writing, but about learning life long skills that will help you in life and how to deal with others that we might not always get along with.

  • Welcome to room A-12 and to 4th grade!!

  • Before we begin to go over our procedures and routines, we’re going to start with a story, A Fine, Fine School


8:20 (10:35; 2:05)  Beginning Class Routine

  • Now, it’s time to understand how this class time will work.  Mrs. Ritter doesn’t start the class, the bell doesn’t either!  YOU start the class.

  • How do YOU start the class?  Because, you will have a routine that you will follow every time you walk through those doors.

  • The Beginning Class Routine starts as soon as you walk through the door.  You will immediately go to your seat, unpack your things, get out your planner and homework.  You will read the board to see your To – Do List items that must be done (attendance, if we need our grammar workbook, what materials are needed for the day) and then begin your Welcome Work.

  • Your To-do list items and Welcome Work are to be done ALONE as it is a quiet time. During the Beginning Class Routine, it is quite time.  That means there is absolutely no talking.  It also means that you are NOT allowed to talk to me.  It is a very busy time at the start of class.  There are many tasks that I must do, and I can get them done quickly if everyone comes in and follows the routine.

  • The To-Do List and Welcome Work will always appear on the screen.

  • Let’s start today’s routine together.  What do we do first after you come into the classroom? (unpack)  Please do so at this time.  You will need something to write with and colors if you have them.

  • After you have unpacked, place your backpack under your chair.  Some of you have a basket you can place it in, some of you don’t and will need to make sure it is under your desk.  Please also make sure that all straps are tucked under your backpack so that no one trips on them.  You will not be allowed to open your backpack again during class to get something else.  You must make sure that you have all the needed items at the beginning of class.

  • After you unpack and place your backpack up what do you do? (place homework on the corner of your desk and begin the to-do list and welcome work)

  • Let’s review.  What is the first thing that you do in the morning? (come in quietly and unpack)

  • What is the second thing you do in the morning? (take out homework and place in the corner of my desk)

  • What is the third thing you do in the morning? (begin to-do list and welcome work)

  • Refer to the Morning Work quote.  Explain how each day the Morning Work will be a different task.  (Monday – respond to quote that will be found on their spelling list; Tuesday – respond to a poem using the 4 square method; Wednesday – Wacky Wednesday Story using a silly story creator; Thursday – handwriting practice; Friday – Free Write Friday to allow them to journal about anything) 

  • Now, you are going to do your To-do list and Welcome Work time. Are there any questions about the beginning work routine?  Well, it looks like we are ready to begin.

  • Begin To-Do list and allow 15 minutes.  (Today’s To-Do list will state that the students will need to have sharpened pencils and colors, and to place their owl cut-out for attendance) Morning Work: On the lined paper there is a quote at the top of it.  Please use one of the following sentence starters to help you think about the quote: “I think this quote means that…”; “I agree with this quote because…”; “I am not sure I understand but I think it means that…”; “I disagree with this quote because…”

  • After 15 minutes, Does anyone have questions about what to do during the Beginning Class Routine?  You did a terrific job following the steps of the Beginning Class Routine – thank you!  It’s time to move on.

8:45 (11:00; 2:30) – Procedure PowerPoint

  • We are here to learn and procedures help us accomplish that goal.

  • Because I care about each and everyone of YOU, I want to help use be successful and enjoy our classtime together.  I will not tolerate things that will interfere with your success.  In other words, I want a classroom that is safe and caring.  I will not tolerate someone wasting our classtime or interfering with us having a safe and caring classroom.  In order to have an environment in which we can learn and be safe and caring, I have a set of procedures to allow us to have an orderly classroom.

  • Have paper passer, pass out the procedures as you set up the powerpoint to discuss the procedures.  Go through the powerpoint of procedures practicing the correct and incorrect way to do the procedures.


9:20 – 9:28 (11:35; 3:00) We will discuss the dismissal procedures and have our daily closing message.

Angela R Ritter
4th Grade Writing Teacher

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Lesson Plan for First Day


Lesson’s Learning Objective

At the end of this lesson, my students will understand classroom expectations for entering/exiting the room, warm-ups, and attention signal and understand what materials they are required to bring for class each day and this week.

Purpose of the Learning Objective

I’m teaching this so that my students have a predictable learning environment, and don’t waste instructional time.

Assessment of Learning

My students will demonstrate they have mastered the learning objective by demonstrating the entry and exit procedures and demonstrating coming to attention.

Resources Needed
Overhead/document camera
Name tent for each student, at desk
Scientific Summer handout for each student
In a Million Words handout for each student to take home
Syllabus for each student to take home
Scientific Summer example from previous year
Popsicle stick for each student
Class set of boxes with markers & colored pencils out on tables/desks

 Other Pre-Class Set-Up
“flowerpot” of pencils on desk (for students to borrow if they don’t have their own)
desks numbered, to match seating chart
Overhead displays instructions for name tent

Instructional Plan


  • Meet students at classroom door.  As they walk in:
  • Welcome them to class
  • Tell them their assigned seat (seating chart on clipboard, in hand)
  • Instruct students to:
  • Find their seat (numbered on the seats and on the seating chart)
  • Follow directions on overhead:
    • Get out a pencil
    • Place backpack under their seat
    • Sharpen their pencil if needed
    • Borrow a flowerpot pencil if needed
    • Put their name on the name tent

After bell rings, enter classroom and close door.

Welcome Speech:

Welcome to 8th grade Science.  My name is Ms. Leight, and I will be your Science teacher for this year.   If you work hard and do your best, you will be successful in Science this year.   Thank you for coming to class – you can’t learn without being here.  For those that made it in before the bell rang, thank you for being on time – I know the rest of you will figure out the best way to get from class to class tomorrow.  Thank you for having a pencil out and being ready to work.


Go over putting name on name tent, then folding, and setting so name faces me.


1.  The 1st thing I want to cover today is how I expect everyone to enter the room:

  • Go to your assigned seat; I will let you know if it changes
  • Get out your pencil
  • Sharpen pencil if needed
  • Borrow flowerpot pencil if needed
  • Starting Thursday, get your Science notebook from the bin
  • Put your backpack with all other materials under your seat
  • Start the warm-up before the bell rings
  • You will usually have 3 minutes after the bell to complete a warm-up,
  • The warm-up will be posted on the overhead.   You will answer it in your Science notebook starting on Thursday.
  • The only things on the desk/table are your pencil, your Science notebook, and materials that we will use later in class that I have set out.

Checking for Understanding

Questions (ask from seating chart)

  • When do you sharpen pencils? As soon as you enter
  • What do you do if you don’t have a pencil?  Borrow one from the flowerpot
  • Where do backpacks go? Under desk
  • What’s on the desk? Pencil, science notebook, materials already set out on desk
  • Where is your cell phone?  In your backpack, or out of sight in a pocket.

To ensure that everyone understand how to get started in Science class, we’re going to line up outside of the room and practice walking back in, getting out pencils, and putting about backpacks and other materials. 

Please stand up, and line up outside the classroom.

If entering the room generally went well, let them know it was good enough for the first day.  Otherwise, have them practice again.


2.  The 2nd thing you need to know in order for the classroom to work well is how I get your attention. 

 If I need your attention, I’ll say “Give me 5” and then count down 4,3,2, 1.  When I say “Give me 5”, stop the activity, look at me, stop talking, and give me your undivided attention.  By the time I get to 1, everyone in the class should be quiet and looking at me. 

Checking for Understanding

Let’s practice the attention signal.  Turn to your neighbor and start telling them about your summer.  After a few seconds, try attention signal.  Repeat 2 more times.

3.  The 3rd thing I want to cover today is homework:

 You have until Friday to turn in this week’s homework

  • Pass out Scientific Summer
  • Ask for Volunteers to read 1st paragraph, then 2nd, then 3rd

Checking for Understanding

Questions (volunteers or ask from seating chart)

  • What would your Title Be? <Name’s> Scientific Summer
  • How many sentences must be in a paragraph?  3, or more
  • Do you have to draw a picture? Can draw, glue on a picture, or download picture from Internet
  • What is the 2nd paragraph about? How the activity is connected to Science
  • When is the homework due? Friday
  • Any other questions about this week’s homework?

In addition, your parents or guardians have homework, if they like.  Please give the “Million Words or Less” sheet to the adults at home.

 And one last thing to take home is an information sheet about the class for your parents or guardians.

 4.  Next, please take the popsicle stick and write your first name and last initial on it with one of the class set of markers on your desk.  You may decorate the other side however you like, as long as it is school-appropriate. 

Set timer for 5 minutes, Go.
In middle of activity, test attention signal…Give me 5…
<timer up> Pens and Pencils Down

5.  Our next activity is a little something fun so we can get to know each other better

  • (pass out bears)
  • please put your name somewhere on the back of the bear
  • Use the class set colored pencils that are on the desk to decorate your bear however you like
  • During this activity, you may speak quietly to a neighbor
  • (set 10 min timer)
  • Next, turn to your shoulder partner and tell them why you decorated your bear the way you did
  • call upon students in class to share their bears until at 40 minutes into class


6.  The last thing I want to cover today is ending class, and leaving the room:

  • When I say “Time to Pack Up”, each student:
    • Stops what they are working on
    • Puts common material, such as colored pencils, back where they got them from
    • Later in the week, puts their Science notebook in the bin
    • Cleans up their desk area, including any trash that has fallen to the floor
    • Put pencils and handouts in their backpack
    • Places warm-up and other class work in the turn-in bin here by the door
    • Sits back at their desk
    • At the bell, I’ll say “Have a great day” and dismiss you by row/table
    • Summary: I dismiss you, not the bell

 Checking for Understanding
Turn to your neighbor and explain the way to leave the classroom.
Let’s give it a try:

  • Today you will turn in your name tent and your popsicle stick
  • “Time to Pack Up”
  • help students find turn-in bin, check markers & colored pencils away, floors clear, etc.

Remember to bring a composition/notebook on Wednesday.
Remember “Scientific Summer” homework is due Friday.
Give your parents their homework.
Check: when do you get up to leave? When I say so, not at the bell
At the bell: “Have a great day”



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Resource ELA 6-8 Class

Before the tardy bell rings:
-Meet students at the door greeting them with a handshake. For those I don't know, I introduce myself while asking them their name. 
-Give a compliment as to something they are wearing, carrying, haircut, etc. 
-Inform each student to find their folder with their name on it on a desk, complete the task that is on the board (they may assist each other for those with low reading levels), and be seated before the bell rings with a writing utensil (pen or pencil). 

After taking roll as we are to submit within the first few minutes after the bell rings. 
-Welcoming of students to my class and introduction of myself including: where I grew up; where I went to school; family life; personal hobbies and interest, etc...
-As a part of doing "good things" each day with my students, I allow them to share something about themselves. 

Class Procedures:
-Using a simplistic powerpoint presentation, I will review class procedures such as what they had already done by having supplies out, completing bell ringer that will always be on the board, and being prepared to discuss "good things" before beginning the lesson objective. 
-We will then have volunteers role playing each of the following procedures:
1)Have folder out on desk with a writing utensil (pen or pencil). 
2)Open up journal, write date, and complete bell ringer. 
3)Need to sharpen pencil-may replace their "old pencil" with a "new pencil" from the appropriate location within the room. 
4)How to sit and listen, participate, and discuss the lesson as a group. (Raising hand, sitting up in a learning position, not speaking while others "have the floor". 
5)Working independently or in a cooperative group. 
6)How to leave the room when the bell rings. 

Class Rules and Consequences (Continued on the same Powerpoint): 
-Discuss class rules and consequences (both good and bad) and what is expected of them and what they receive for following and complying. 

Class/Homework Folder
-Discuss the folder they have received and what its purpose is each day and what their responsibility is as far as having it in class each day. 
-First grade taken as both class procedures, rules and consequences are included in the folder with a parent/student signature page that is to be taken home and signed for their first grade. 

-Review class procedures, rules, and consequences.
-Recall what is due the next day as noted on the board and the due date written on the top of the page. 
-Review how they are to be dismissed when the bell rings. 
-Recall what a great year it is going to be and how excited I am about the new year and them sharing it with me. 

Bell Rings-Check how the students respond to the bell and remind once again their responsibilities when this occurs. 

Sherry Ayres

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Day 1                     French 1                               predominantly 9th grade


Section 1 – room set up

Current French music playing in room.                                                                                                                                                  Seating charts posted on wall outside of classroom.  Names are numbered matching numbers on desks. 


Section 2 – students greeted

Students greeted. Handshake.
Check schedule for correct class.  Check for student ID.  Check for dress code.


Section 3 - class begins: roll, introductions, schedule, and warm up activity

Bonjour class!

Je m’appelle Mme Tymniak, or Mme Tim, and this is French I!

One thing we will be learning today is how things are run in this class.

If you look at this section of the board, you will see that it is labeled with the date and class, French 1.

Underneath the class heading you can see the objective. This tells you the goal of our learning each day. Some days, especially at the beginning of the year, we will have several objectives. Today’s objectives are “to learn classroom procedures for beginning class, to learn to introduce ourselves, to learn classroom rules, to learn how to get class information, and to learn the procedure for ending class.

Each activity listed under the objective relates to developing proficiency in the objective. The first activity listed is what Huntsville High School calls a “warm-up.”  Activity 1 is always the warm up for French class.  This year we are going to focus on speaking French during our warm-up time. You spend most of your time speaking, hearing, reading, and thinking English or Spanish and English. When you come into the French classroom you need to reset your brain and begin to think in French – plus speaking is the best part of learning a new language. When you come into class, you don’t wait for me or the bell to start class, you look at the board to see what the day’s topic is and turn to your speaking partner to begin discussing. (I don’t know how I am going to do speaking partners yet. – I need to fill that part in.)

We are going to begin now with learning to introduce ourselves in French!

“Je m’appele Mme Tymniak.  Comment t’appele-tu?”

(model and repeat with various students checking for student comprehension.)

Does everyone think they can know give their name and ask someone’s name?

I need to check roll now.  You are sitting in assigned seats in alphabetical order, but I want to match your name to your faces. It is very important to be able to greet people by name. I will know each of your name’s by Friday!  I am going to ask each person their name.  Each one will respond in French.  I will double check your name against my attendance roster and make any corrections to pronunciation.  I will learn to say your name correctly long before most of y’all master “Tymniak”.

Check roll.
Not only am I going to learn each of your names, you are going to be responsible for being able to address each person in the class by name. We will make notes today, and you will have a quiz next week.  For the quiz, you may either go around the class giving the name of each student or you may use a blank seating chart and fill the name of each person in the class.

On your desk you will see a blank seating chart.  You are going to fill in the name of each person in the class on the seating chart by asking their name and then giving your name – speaking only French. I will give you 10 minutes to complete this.  While you are doing this, I will be walking around helping you get comfortable with your pronunciation!  Yes, you are going to make mistakes and some of your mistakes will sound funny.  We may laugh, but everyone makes mistakes in learning a new language.  You cannot wait to be perfect before you start speaking.  If you tried that you wouldn’t have said “Mama” yet – we all mangled that first attempt at communication! 


Section 4 – learning class rules
             Students are given a handout with information.

The second activity for today is to discuss the classroom rules.  As we do different activities during the year, I will teach you the way to do things properly for this classroom. The classroom rules are not how to do things, but I think my classroom rules set the tone for our class environment.  My rules are very simple.

                Be prompt     (go over procedures for tardiness)

                Be prepared  (go over supply requirements)

                Be polite        (go over procedures for moving in class)

                  (tell them we will learn participation procedures for different activities during the year)


If rules are not followed, it is necessary to have consequences.


                1st offense – warning

                2nd offense – student-teacher conference

                3rd offense – teacher detention

                4th offense – parent contact and administrator contact

                5th offense – discipline referral

Following the rules helps the French classroom run smoothly and brings certain rewards.


                                                The ability to communicate in French at a proficient level

                                                Good grades resulting in self-satisfaction and a higher GPA

                                                Positive parent contacts

                                                Increased privileges for individuals and the class


Section 5 – contacting me and receiving class information

Communication between the teacher and student is vital for student success

My conference period is 2nd period.

The school phone number is 435-6100 and my extension is 2001.

My e-mail is


I also maintain a website which can be found at 
                                    Campus/ Huntsville HS/ Faculty/ Foreign Language/ Karen Tymniak

There is a page set up for the French 1 class.

Today is fastest and easiest way to send and receive information often through text messages.
You are not to have your cell phone out during class unless I have directed you to get it out to either put in calendar information or to use it for an assignment.

At this time, get your cell phone out.  I am going to give you the information to sign up to receive text messages from me.

The information about your homework is written at the bottom of the class schedule every day, but I will also send you a text about your homework or studying assignment every evening.

After you have received an acceptance text from me, you should put your phones back up.

Section 6 – leaving the classroom
There always something new to learn in French or to just discuss using our French vocabulary, so we will be working the entire class period every day. I will end class in time to let you put your materials away neatly in the proper place.  This will be one or two minutes before the bell, depending on the type of activity we have been doing.  I will tell you, “C’est le fin de l’instruction pour aujourd’hui. Your homework for tonight is __________.  Rangez vos affaires.” You will then have the time to put your materials away properly.  The area monitor will stand up and check the desks and floors making sure no materials have been left out of behind. Today I will be the area monitor.  We will talk about classroom responsibilities and jobs later this week and you will have the opportunity to sign up for what you would like to do. After you have put up your materials and your area has been checked, you are to remain sitting in your seat.  When the bell rings, it does not dismiss you from class.  I will dismiss you.  So when the bell rings, you should remain silent and look at me, giving me your attention. I will say, “Passez une bonne journée”, and you are dismissed.

The end of class is approaching, so (go through end of class procdure).

“Passez une bonne journée.”

Karen Tymniak
   "On ne voit bien qu'avec le coeur."

   "One only sees well with the heart."
        Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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First Day of School Script -- second grade classroom

I will be adding to this once we have our schedules set.  We have a new principal this year and our schedules change every year anyway.  I will add in times then and also more specific lesson plans for the subjects.

Greeting at door:  Good morning welcome to our class! (For those who I have not met at Meet the Teacher I will say "I'm Mrs. Galbraith.  It is so good to have you in our class."  thereby double checking they are int the right place.  Your name is on your desk.  You may say hi to two friends on your way to your desk and then please begin the activity at your desk silently.

Model standing and being quiet for announcements.  We will go over this procedure later in the day to be better prepared for tomorrow.

After announcements are over..

We are now going to come to the carpet.  I will call you by tables to find your seat on the carpet.  You will find a spot with your name on it.  Please sit criss cross applesauce, hands in your lap.  Show me you are ready to listen and learn.

Call students by tables to carpet.

Welcome to second grade!  I am so excited to start this school year.  Last year was my first year teaching second grade and I love it!  Before I taught second grade I taught 4th grade and 3rd grade and even 5th, 7th and 8th!  This is my 21st year teaching!!!  I also teach at the Houston Arboretum which is a nature center.  So I love animals, nature and science.  This week we are going to be following our schedules and learning the procedures that will help our classroom run smoothly.

Let's start with our class expectations.  My biggest expectation is that we are all respectful of each other and our classroom and supplies.  Let's talk about what that means...

What are some other expectations we have in a classroom?

Now let's briefly look at our schedule.  Show schedule including snack, specials, lunch, and recess.

Let's go over some of the procedures that are going to help our class.  We will be practicing all week.  Procedures are how we do things in our classroom.  They are what makes our class run smoothly.  They help us learn because we know what to do.

First, let's talk about entering in the morning.  There will be a welcome message and welcome work on the board every day -- just like today.  Please read the message first.  Next, unpack your backpack.  Any notes to me or forms that must be turned in go in this red box.  It will be located on the back table.  Next, place your homework on your desk so that I may check it.  Then, put your backpack and coat in the tub in the hallway.  Lunch kits and snack go right here in this basket.  Water bottles are parked in this bin so that they don't spill.  We'll talk about when you can get those later.  Finally, sit down and begin your welcome work.  This is silent work time.  That's a lot of steps so let's practice.  I'm going to have 4 students show us what to do while I walk them through it.  (pick 4 students and walk them through steps.  Then, pick 4 more and have them try on their own with coaching from the class as needed.)

That's great we will keep practicing all week.  Here is a poster to help you remember.  It will be on our door.

One of our welcome work activities will be journal writing.  Your journal is your personal place to write.  We are all going to grow as writers this year.  You all get to be authors!  Since your journal is special, let's all personalize ours.  Here is what I did.  Show example.  The supplies are at the back table.  We are going to sit at our desks now and I will call one table group at a time to come to the table.  You may talk quietly while you are working but remember to keep you voices to a whisper level.  Here's what that sounds like...

Now, we are going to practice returning to our desks quietly.  Call students by birthdays to sit at desks and then quietest table to get supplies.  The journals will be on their desks.

The other procedures I will go over with practice on the first day are:

1.  Restroom break
2.  Hallway procedures and lots of practice walking in the hallway
3.  Snack procedure
4.  Specials procedure and my expectations
5.  Lunch time procedures (the students' lunch cards are all organized in a pocket chart so that they can be in charge of them)
6.  Recess procedures and my expectations
7.  Our sign language signals:  A=answer, B=bathroom, C=comment, Q=question, and P=pencil

We will have some lessons as well.  During the lessons we will highlight expectations of he we answer questions; what it means to listen to each other; how to be a respectful learner.  We will continue to practice transitions, lining up, and hallway procedures and expectations.

This has been a great way to focus my mind for the first day and the whole year.  I am truly excited about this year.  There are so many changes at my school and in my family and I can't wait to get started.

Thanks for everything.  Naletta


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At Door[frown]these are seniors and a few juniors)

Greet each student at the door and give each a syllabus and a policy and procedure for this class. 

Point out that my name is Ms. Brittain or Ms. B 

Check to see if all are in the correct classroom. 

Tell them that their names are important to me, and that I want to know their names as soon as possible. To do this I am going around the room and video each student as they tell me their name and what they wish to be called.

Then we will go over the syllabus for the class. Many have never seen one and it is important for them to know  what they are taking and why they are taking the class.

I will go over the policy and procedure for this class. 

My rules for the classroom are simple

1. Show respect for yourself and others.

2. all materials required by this class each and everyday. Consider your I-Pad just as you would your textbook. It must be here and charged ready to go. 
3. Follow district rules in student handbook.
4.  I explain that I dismiss them and not the bell. 
5. Permission to go to bathroom facilities is indicated by a wave. They          must have hall pass to go.

I will explain our Focus for the day and every day: What's going on in the world today?" They will research current events and be ready for a short discussion and questions.

I will then handout the daily assignment, reading, quiz, exam schedule for the entire semester. I reserve the right to make changes to the schedule. 

Now I will explain what the semester will consist of which will be in more depth than the syllabus. 

I will also explain how many essays they will write or research paper.

Then on their schedule I will point out the appointed days of quizzes, and what they must do if they are absent for that quiz.

I will also introduce them to a program that we will use the entire year. It is called Through this program I will be able to send them reminders about everything ranging from exams to assignments. 

Hopefully, I will have time to go over what we covered before the bell rings. I generally take two days to cover this completely. 


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  • A Secondary Alternative First Day of School Plan:

    Overview Reminders
  • Get to school early and make sure everything is place (room decorated, desks arranged, computers up and running)  Be sure and be early enough to perform cellphone collection duties and greet each student that arrives off the buses welcoming them to their first day of school.
  • Greet students at the door with a handshake, instruct them on where to pick up any handouts, and guide them to assigned seats.
  • Be sure handouts have been distributed.

Welcome Speech
Welcome Class!  My name is Ms. Goedken, and I will be your secondary math teacher.  I am a teacher with 18 years of experience and I have taught a multitude of math subjects ranging from 7th grade math to College Algebra.  I hope all of you have had an awesome summer and are ready for a challenging school year.  This is going to be a challenging, yet rewarding, journey together.  Since there are several math subjects being taught in this classroom simultaneously, it will be a little different than the classroom instruction you are accustomed to.  You will be able to work together often in small groups, and the instruction tends to be more one on one since our class size is so low.  I know without a doubt, if you work hard and do your best in class, you will be successful.

Jennifer Goedken

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Pre-K Classroom


Before Class

-Set up centers

-Have classroom decorated/student finished work display set up

-Have calendar time supplies on board

-Create discipline chart

-Have class rules poster ready to go

-Label student cubbies

-Make attendance chart pieces

-Have blank rules poster ready to go

-Place circle time supplies in teacher chair

-Prepare and place supply buckets at tables

-Set up morning work

-Put on student name tags

-Make trifold for hallway that contains a place for weekly newsletter, calendar, etc.

-Place attendance chart in the hallway for parents to sign in/out on

-Set up “turn in” basket on teacher table

-Review lesson plans with teacher aide

-Gather supplies needed for day

-Make a seating chat and tape it into teacher cabinet

-Make picture schedule of daily schedule

-Make popsicle sticks with student’s names on them for calling on students

-Cut up letters in each student’s name and clip together for weekly king/queen activities

-Make sticky nametags for each student for first 2 days of school

-Put together daily take home folders for each student


8:50 Greet Parents/Students at Door

-Greet parents/students as they drop off and enter classroom

-Place sticky nametag on each arriving student and reintroduce self

-Make sure parents know how to sign in properly

-Help students with morning procedures (wear to place belongings/lunch, placing attendance picture in correct spot, and getting started for the day)

-Remind student where he/she sits

-Teacher’s aide will help them to get started on morning assignment


9:10 Transition to Circle Time

-Introduce bell signal

-Practice responding to bell signal (stop working, place assignment in turn-in tray, quietly walk to carpet with body still, find an empty animal to sit on

-Model correct/incorrect way, have students model correct, and incorrect ways….and then practice as a class (calling one table at a time) this procedure. Repeat practice as needed.


9:15 Circle Time

-Explain what we do during circle time

-Explain behavioral expectations for circle time (empty hands, crisscross applesauce, raise your hand to speak, be an active listener)

-Pray as a class

-Play name game to have everyone introduce themselves and practice names

-Students and teacher together create classroom rules chart. Go over expectations and model as needed. Teach the negative/positive consequences of behaviors and have students practice moving clips or getting “happy rocks.” Be sure and go over the importance of learning.

-Hang chart on wall for the rest of the year

-Sing first day of school songs


9:30 Academic Centers

-Introduce daily picture schedule

-Have teacher’s aide model/teach what the centers are for the day

-Teach behavioral expectations while at centers (you may whisper while working, when finished you may go to reading or literacy center (for today…just reading center; will teach about literacy center later in the week). Go over and model expectations for behavior at reading center.

-Teach procedure of going to tables from carpet (teacher and students model correct/incorrect ways…and then practice as a class, calling one table at a time to get started)

-While students are working at centers, help as needed and monitor to make sure they understand both academic and behavioral expectations. Praise praise praise those who are doing well in either.

*After each center is over with, teach procedure of how to transition from one center to the next, how to clean up their entire center, and where to place work when finished- practice, practice, practice


10:20 Bathroom Break

-Teach lining up procedures (pencil straight, hands either at sides or behind back, lips zipped, walking feet only)

Teach bathroom procedures (wait quietly in line, 2 students are allowed in bathroom at a time, use toilet, flush, wash hands, and return to end of line)

-Have students take a bathroom break

-Teach students walking in hallway procedures (one behind another, hands either at sides or behind back, lips zipped, walking feet only)


10:30 Chapel

-Chapel teacher will go over behavioral expectations for chapel and teach chapel lesson


11:00 Calendar Time/King &Queen

-Practice entering classroom from chapel and walking to carpet, finding a seat, and waiting quietly for teacher to begin instruction

-Go over calendar time rules (raise hand to be called on, empty hands, crisscross applesauce, be an active listener)

-Introduce “Days of the Week” on calendar and the “Days of the Week” song. Sing this song as a class.

-Introduce “Months of the Year” on board and corresponding song. Sing this song as a class.

-No letter this week or King & Queen (go over these things later as introduced in the weeks to come)

-Read story, First Day Jitters. Have a student discussion about emotions they had this morning as they got up for their first day of preschool this year. Model and teach corresponding activity. Review expectations of table behavior, early finishers, etc.

-Release students to centers to complete activity

-When students have completed the activity, transition them back to carpet for songs on Dr. Jean CD and fingerplays


11:00 Reading Instruction

Mrs. Melodie will come in and do literacy instruction with the students. She will teach her behavioral expectations and teach lesson.


11:30 Lunch

-Teach lunchtime procedures (follow teacher directions, wait until called to get lunchbox, walk, return to table quietly, wait for hand sanitizer, do not open lunch until after lunchtime prayer, teachers will assist with items hard to open, must remain seated until teacher tells you to get up and dispose of trash). Model correct and incorrect way to retrieve lunchbox, have students model, and then practice by table.

-After all tables have their lunchboxes, go around and put hand sanitizer on the students

-Talk about showing respect for God during lunchtime prayer. Pray as a class.

-Students may begin opening lunchboxes (help them as needed with food items).

-When lunchtime is over, have them throw away trash and place lunchboxes in cubbies

-Put together students backpacks as they are eating today (will teach them how to do this procedure on their own later this week)


12:00 Recess/Bathroom Break

-Teach students procedures for recess (staying quiet as we walk by toddler classrooms that are napping, review hallway behavior expectations, play safely, play kindly, don’t throw rocks, when you hear a teacher whistle come line by gate, when recess is done stop by playing immediately to line up, don’t run until past entryway of gate, if someone is alone…invite them to come play with you, if you don’t hear my whistle but you see your friends coming toward me go with them, do not tattle)

-Have students go to recess. After they have lined up, review bathroom break procedures. Have them take a bathroom break on way to classroom.


12:30 Math

-Review carpet procedures

-Share Math expectations (only talk about math, be an active listener, raise your hand to speak, take care of the math center manipulatives, do your best thinking)

-Introduce Estimation Jar. Discuss what the word “estimate” means. Practice as a class estimating the number of items I have placed in the jar today.

-Introduce counting chart and practice counting to 10.

-Practice doing 10 of various exercises to get out some of those first day of school wiggles for students who have not had to maintain stamina in school yet.


1:00 Music

-Review hallway behavior expectations. Ms. Julie will teach behavioral procedure for music and teach the music lesson.


1:30 Bible Story

-Teacher’s aide will review carpet expectations and teach bible story


1:45 Snack

-Review transitioning back to tables and have students go back to their tables for snack

-Teach snack procedures (do not say that you do not want something…if you don’t want the snack that someone has brought…you may quietly dispose of it, teacher will place hand sanitizer on your hand before you may eat, when finished dispose of ALL of your trash or unwanted food, students may do a free center when finished.)


1:50 Free Centers and Dismissal

-As student’s parents arrive, tell them what a great day his/her child had and compliment their child on at least one thing

-Make sure parents know how to sign out their children

-Teach student how to grab belongings out of cubby before leaving the classroom

-Hug student and tell him/her how happy you are that he/she is in your class

-Be sure students are cleaning up center items they played with as they leave

-After all students have been dismissed, tidy up any remaining areas of the classroom that need attention, wipe down tables with Lysol, and spray down centers and toys with rubbing alcohol.

-Turn in attendance sheet to office


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Day 1 2015-16   First Grade          Mrs. Harms    

Greet Students and parents at the door – As I talk to and take care of business with parents, students are directed to find their name and start on the paper (usually something nonthreatening) at their desk.

"Welcome and so glad you are here…so happy you decided to be in my class…We are going to have a great year…You will learn so much…"

Procedure: How to gather ‘under the tree’

Teacher question: What would be some good and safe ways to gather ‘under the tree’?   SW come up with a few ideas – Class will discuss how to stand –push chair in-walk. TW call on a quiet table (give specific praise) to ‘see how they do’ as the whole class watches. TW give specific praise to students as they model the behavior. TW give students a few choices of where to sit. Next table is called and models appropriate behavior as class watches. TW give specific praise of behaviors. Discuss WHY it is important to push chair in and walk.

Procedure: 1-2-3 Eyes – Ears – Hands

After everyone has practiced and gathered, TW say 1-2-3: 1 point to eyes (eyes on teacher), 2 point to ears (ears are listening), 3 model hands in lap. Practice a few times.   

Read: ‘About Mrs. Harms’           

TW answer questions – What if we all asked a question at same time?? Why is raising hands important? 

Procedure: Introduce Talking Tool – a small stuffed animal

TW model how students raise hand – say the name of someone with hand raised and quiet – then pass the ’talking tool’ to them so they ‘have the floor’.

SW practice receiving the Talking Tool, asking their question, listening to the answer, then looking for someone with their hand up, say their name, and pass the TT.

Procedure: How to walk back to their seat

Dismissing from gathering and walking back to seat – quiet and ready to listen for instructions.

Dismiss a few kids at a time so whole class can watch. TW give specific praise of desirable behaviors.

When everyone is seated quietly:

Procedure: How to walk and act in the hallway  ** Stress SAFETY

TW ask questions – SW come up with their own guidelines. On a chart, TW record the student responses with their name in parentheses next to their idea. 

Why is it important to walk?  Why not push?  Why be quiet?

                 When I see everyone being safe and quiet in the hall then will add a letter to the “Secret Message” and then we will get to do what the message says.

Activity and Whole class reading: Marshmallow Toes

 Write poem on chart paper – SW finish writing the poem – glue on the marshmallows – eat a few [smile] 

TOUR lunch room and school

Procedure: How to line up to be ready to walk in the hall

(TW choose a line leader and door holder for the week)

TW review stand-chair-walk. TW demonstrate manners for lining up and letting others go first and how far to be behind someone. SW practice a few at a time. TW give specific praise for desirable behaviors.

Practice walking in the hall.

Procedure: How to use the restroom and wash hands in the hallway

Practice walking w/out talking / lining up on wall / restroom /TW stand at wash basin and go over procedure to wash hands as students practice / as students finish they will play the ‘quiet game’ on wall – can get letter for excellent hallway behavior

Procedure: How to enter the classroom

Heads down/no talking when come in classroom


Practice procedure for gathering – sitting quietly – 1-2-3

Read: Pete the Cat- Rockin’ in my School Shoes

Read book first – go over words – then to music
Introduce CAFE menu with 'Check for Understanding' - Stop and ask yourself, "Who is in the story and What happened?"    Practice with the Talking Tool as students answer Who? and What?

Practice procedure for returning to their seats

Color Pete’s shoes

Procedure: Lunchroom behavior expectations and point system

Watch Powerpoint and discuss Lunch behavior – make an I-Chart for Lunch room behavior/ discuss why it is important/ TW record student responses as they come up with their own expectations for the lunch room / we’re all counting on each other to do the right thing so we can get points


Practice lining up and hallway walking

Lunch – eat with class giving specific praise to students who show expected, excellent behaviors

Practice hallway walking and behaviors for entering classroom

Board Message:  Read message on board.

Point to words – L to R – Letters, Words, Sentences

Practice gathering, stand-chair-walk, and 1-2-3

Read: Monster Who Came to School- Focus: Good readers draw a picture in their heads as they listen and read

Practice procedures for the Talking Tool-  Review 'Check for Understanding' Who? and What?

Why didn’t the kids want to be friends with the monster?

Did their feelings toward the monster change – Why did it change?

Practice walking back to seat and quietly waiting for instructions

Color your monster how you imagined him

Procedure: How to gather on the ‘magic carpet’

Stand – chair – walk – gather on ‘magic carpet’ in front of word wall            1-2-3     Eyes-Ears-Hands

Intro Word Wall: 1st thing going to put up your names – Show and say each name/student raise hand….sound out what letter begins name…….1st letter of word is where it goes…..put names on word wall.

Practice procedure for walking back to seat quietly and waiting for instructions.

Procedure: How to get books out of the classroom library bins and how to put them back. TW call on a few students to demonstrate as whole class watches. TW give specific praise of good behaviors.

BUDDY READ and  explore the books in classroom

Procedure: How to sit with a friend, look at books, use a conversation/inside voice. How to get a book, decide on a spot, WALK, and then return book. How to share, say ‘excuse me’, and use manners and kind words.

TW take ‘first day of first grade’ pictures

Procedure: How to be safe at recess

Make chart of playground rules – safety #1 priority. TW lead discussion so students can come up with their own expectations and safety rules for playground. TW record their responses with their name in parentheses next to their response.

1:00 Recess  -  Tour outside playground 
Procedure: How to come in from recess
TW blow whistle, SW line up, when students walk through the door their voices are off. Practice hallway bathroom procedure.
Practice procedure for entering classroom.

Procedure: stand – chair – walk – gather on ‘magic carpet’ – 1-2-3

Watch ‘First Day Jitters’ on Smartboard

Drink Jitter Juice

Vote if they liked / not liked  -record number for graph on Tues. 

Procedure: How to get ready to go home

TW pass out ‘take home folders’ and ‘daily reports’ and model what to do with them to go home and where they go in the morning when they enter the classroom. SW practice behaviors. TW give specific praise.

Color BIRTHDAY BAGS – no talking

Practice lining up and hallway walking

3:00 all walk to Cafeteria

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Since I tutor mostly 4th grade, I chose this grade to map out day one of a first day of school.  What I’ve done is write about the procedures which I would teach, have students to rehearse and be reinforced beginning on day 1 of school.

The schedule for the day along with learning objectives and work to be done is posted.  The first day there will be learning and work to be done.  However, more time will be spent on procedures and learning where things are in the classroom.

Greet each student at the door with directions to find their seat and look at and following directions on the board while doing so quietly.

Directions on the board for morning routine and warm-up work:

  • Welcome! 
  • Please place your back pack in the locker labeled with your name.  If you brought any supplies please put on the table marked supplies.
  • Find your seat / your name will be posted on your desk.
  • You will find a pencil and a “getting to know you” paper on your desk.  Please complete.
  • After you have completed this, you may turn the paper over and write one paragraph with at least 5 sentences telling me two to four things you would like for me to know about you.
  • You will have time to finish the front and at least get started on the back. 
  • Listen quietly to the announcements and stand for the pledges.
  • Turn in completed warm up work to the “work-completed” box at the teacher work table.

After announcements:

Welcome the whole class, introduce myself and tell a bit about my education and professional background. 

Reiterate the morning routine they just followed.  (Teacher will take roll during morning announcements.)

Show students the classroom schedule posted on classroom wall noted below:

8:00 – 8:10 – Warm up routine.

8:10 – 8:20 – Announcements and morning warm up work.

8:20 – 8:30 – If finished with morning work, may complete any unfinished homework, or DEAR (drop everything and read)

8:30 – 9:40 – Math

9:40 – 9:45 – clean up and line up

9:45 – 10:30 – Specials (as noted for that day)

10:35 – 12:30 – ELA / Tuesday Science Lab

12:30 – 1:00 – lunch (student assigned to give out the hand sanitizer.)

1:00 – 1:10 – Recess / Water / RR break

1:10 – 1:40 – Writer’s workshop

1:40 – 1:55  - Science

1:58 – Small Groups 

2:10 – Small Groups

3:15 – Prepare to Dismiss

3:25 – Dismiss

  • Specials:
    • Library, Music, P.E., Computer lab – Days / Times for these posted
    • Recess as earned

Explain that the schedule and objectives are posted daily on the board:

        Math – Solve the 10 addition problems using three digit numbers.  Show your work. 

        ELA – Two 20 minute rotations (Read to self, Word works – Write spelling words)

        Science – Liquids vs. solids

        Social Studies – School in the early 1900s.

        Specials:  P.E.  Monday/Wednesday/Friday

        Music:  Tues/Thurs.                   Library:  Friday                 Computer Lab:  Wednesday

        Small Group time:  Students go with an assigned group to either Computer lab, work with teacher, go with math or reading specialist or tutor. 

Before beginning Math talk about, explain, model and rehearse the following:

Classroom Expectations

Treat yourself and others with respect

Raise your hand and wait for permission to speak.

Eyes front when the teacher is talking.

Changes tasks quickly and quietly.

Hands / feet to ourselves

Raise hand to speak

Follow directions the first time given.

Discuss Consequences

Green – On task

Yellow warning

Orange 2nd warning and 5 minutes of recess missed

Red – Miss entire recess

Blue - Visit to principal’s office and call home

Reward – 30 minutes recess on Friday for entire class

Job Chart / Jobs Assigned

Lunch count taker

Attendance taker

Line leader

Caboose / light switcher

Door holder

Paper passer

Teacher Assistant

Dismissal clipboard

Math have a student pass out assignment for the day and model procedure for headings on all papers.  Direct them to the student number by their name posted on their desk.   After modeling and whole group questions, students will work quietly.  Show students where turn-in box is and practice this procedure.

Next, I’ll hold up my hand (teach this procedure – getting students’ attention) and each student will respond in kind.  Next, I’ll ask you to clean up quietly and return to their seat.  From there I will call a row at a time to line up.  Our assigned door holder will go first and then the line leader.  Lastly, the caboose/light person will line up.  We walk on the right side of the hall and one tile space out from the walk with hands to side and voices on silent.  Now I’ll show students where each of the specials are (music, library, etc.)  Afterwards, we will walk back to our classroom turn around and then go to the cafeteria. Along the way students will become familiar with where to stop at each point in the hallways and to stop at entrance to cafeteria and wait for permission to enter.  Students will proceed to food line and I will explain that we pick up a napkin, silverware, a milk, and then our tray.  We each stop at the cashier to type in student number.  Students will be given their number.

Then we will have a rest room break. 

Teach the restroom break procedure:  4 girls and 4 boys at a time.  Quietly and quickly.  Wash / dry hands and line up here (at designated spot).  Have girls line up outside their restroom and boys do the same.  When one girl is back in line, the next girl can go and so on.  The same for the boys.  This is done with voices turned off.

Back to classroom for ELA:

Explain Reading groups / rotations (20 minutes each)

Whole group discussion will occur and teacher will model and explain the targeted concept.

Word works (as explained in whole group)

Read to self / go to library

Work with tutor

Work with teacher

Practice - Transition from whole group to small group

The student will look at the reading group board and find their name/color according to their reading level.

They will move to one of the designated 5 locations to:  work with teacher, work with tutor, word works, computer, or read to self/go to library. 

Each station will be modeled by teacher / volunteer students.

Students will have just one rotation today, which will be receive spelling words and practice write each word three times using triangle method.

First couple of weeks will start out with 2 to 3 stations and build from there

Time for lunch.

Recess – Students will be told to watch for my raised arm/hand notifying them that it is time to line up and go inside, get a drink and return to class.

As each subject is introduced students are shown where books are, papers are passed out (by student who has this job) and work is taught, explained, modeled and then students can begin work.  The work is turned in and on to the next subject.  And procedures will be practiced throughout next few weeks until these become second nature and tweaked as necessary.  This should get the class off to a great start.

Classroom procedures for the following are covered:

Emergency Procedures

Lunches:  Choices posted on board

As students arrive.

Student will take magnet with their name and either place it under plate lunch, alternate choice (bake potato, grilled cheese) or brought lunch

A student job will be to log into computer and get a count and post to the cafeteria site.

Students who arrive after lunch count taken get a plate lunch.

Note:  A magnetic cookie sheet can be used for this and placed on lip of dry erase board or mounted on wall near entrance to class.

Desk layout illustration


Cup with sharpened ones

Cup with needs to be sharpened

Procedure for transitioning to new subject:

Teacher will raise hand and stay two minutes to finish up

Next teacher will raise hand and say clean up

The student will get supplies the teacher has listed on the board along with pencil

Return to desk

Doing all this quietly and within 2 minutes. (Ultimate goal for transition time).

Procedure for leaving seat:

Stay in seat during whole group learning.

When teacher is talking.

Leave only during approved times such as when teacher gives permission or transitioning to another learning activity.

What to do if FINISHED with work:

Turn it in to completed basket

Finish any work that is not yet complete.

Check your folder for learning extensions.

Read to self.


Right before morning specials

Following recess

You may go to the restroom by crossing two fingers and holding up hand.

However, RR breaks are not allowed when teacher is teaching a new concept or during tutoring.

Unfinished classwork or homework

Incomplete work will be taken by the student on a clipboard along with pencil and the work completed during recess.

Dismissal Procedure at the end of the day.

Pick up trash on the floor.

Get your homework.

Pack up back pack.

Stack chairs no more than 4 high.

Stand behind desk quietly.

Wait for teacher to call on you to line up.

Assigned student will have dismissal board and marker.

Teacher will dismiss to line up by rows.

Walk outside to assigned location.

Approved pickup person must show the student dismissal sign / if doesn’t have will go to office to get a temporary one.

High five or fist bump with teacher before leaving.




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Before class begins:

  • I will meet every student at the door.  I will shake their hands and introduce myself.  There will be a huge smile plastered on my face and enthusiasm will be dripping from every pore of my being.
  • I will tell each student what desk number they’ve been assigned too.  (This will have been assigned beforehand.  All the desks will have numbers on them)
  • On the screen I will have a PowerPoint with instructions:
    • Set a sheet of notebook paper to the side for an activity later today.
    •  Select a sheet of construction paper from the front of class.  Create your own name tent.  Follow the guidelines listed below:
      • 1) Fold your tent first.  There are many ways to fold the tent.  You choose your way.
      • 2) Write the name you go by on your tent.  Write it large…like really large.  Bubble Letters anyone?  Umm, yes!!!!!
      • 3) Repeat on every surface of the name tent.
      • 4) Decorate? Yes!  Color? Duh! Creativity? The more the merrier!
      • As students work on their name tents I will take roll and send to the office.

During Class:

--Class? (Real drawn our and dramatic)

I will do this a couple of times and listen quietly for their response.  Then I will let the students know how to respond.

--When I say “class” I want you to respond with “yes” use the same tone inflection.

Practice several times.

--Hello, my name is Mr. Nelson and I’m going to be your 6th grade math teacher.

--Hello class.

Wait for students to respond.  Then guide them with their response.

--Okay class, when I say hello class I want you to respond with hello Mr. Nelson.

Practice this procedure.

--Good morning class!

 Wait for students to respond.  Repeat until they respond back with Good Morning Mr. Nelson.

-- Yes!  You are right!  It is a good morning and I am so pleased to meet you.  We are going to have a wonderful year in math.  I can’t wait to begin this journey with you.  First, I would like to introduce myself to you.  Right now, we are strangers, but by the end of the year we will be a family. 

Now I show my “Who is Mr. Nelson?” PowerPoint.

-- So that is me in a nutshell.  Does anyone have questions for me?

--Now it’s your turn to share.  Choose one of the prompts from the board and write.  You have only 1 minute to choose.  When I say “Ready?  Begin!” start writing.  Once you start writing don’t stop.  We have 2 minutes to write as much as possible.  Everyone will share.

  • Writing prompts:
    • 1) My dad is…
    • 2) My best vacation ever…
    • 3) Describe your dream tree house.

--That’s a wrap folks.  Before we share, let’s go over how we are going to listen to each other in class.  I have a procedure for listening when others share.  A procedure is a step-by-step plan for accomplishing an action.  I will teach you guys about our classroom procedures.  Most importantly though, we will rehearse the procedures until everyone knows exactly how to perform each one flawlessly.

Procedure for listening:

  • Stop what you’re doing.
  • Sit up. Lean forward.  Smile.  Nod your head.  Track the speaker with your eyes.

Rehearse the procedure with students.  Call on students randomly by drawing numbers corresponding to student desks.  Ask students to say their names and read their response to the class.

Ending Class:

--It’s been fantastic getting to know each of you today.  Before we leave class I would like to pass out a parent letter for you to take to your folks.  Do I have a volunteer to help me pass these out?

--Class?  I would like to teach you about the procedure for dismissing from class.  When you hear me say, “It’s time to finish strong!” here is what I want you to do:

Procedure for dismissing from class:

  • Stand.
  • Put away your supplies.  Everything has a home.  Store them properly and neatly.  Put your backpack on your desk when its packed.
  • Check under desk.  Check around desk.  Throw away any trash.
  • When your table is all clear and ready for dismissal everyone in your group may have a seat.
  • When the bell rings sit tight.  I dismiss students.  The bell is for the teacher, not for the student.  When I say, “Bye, have a nice day” to your table say “Bye, Mr. Nelson.  Have a nice day.”  Stand up quietly and walk to the exit.  Head straight to your next class.

Rehearse procedure until the end of the period.



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My First Day of School Script for 2nd grade

Before Class 

1.  Hang table numbers from the ceiling
2.  Place name tags on each desk with student number
3.  Make a sharpened & unsharpened pencil holder for each group
4.  Sharpen and fill sharpened pencil holder with pencils
5.  Place  turn in box at each group's table
6.  Make a welcome note, place at each desk, along with a hand sharpener.
7.  Organize all supplies brought in during "Meet the Teacher".
8.  Write students names and numbers on a list, laminate it and hang near teacher's desk.
9.  Write names on a popcicle stick and place in holder.
10. Hang up classroom job chart, assign jobs, write up student placecards.
11. Write a daily schedule, make copies for students, parents, substitute folder, laminate two, hang one outside class, by teacher desk, and give copies to students to put in their binder.
12. Write up the specials schedule, and complete steps of number 11.
13. Print labels  for student binders-1. important notes 2. homework 3. returned/graded work 4. important notes from home
14. Write up bus/car list, make copies for me & sub folder.
15. After "meet the teacher" double-check arrival/return home info for the students.  Make a note of unknown transportation for students.
16. Make a file folder for each student for my records file.
17. Enter all parent contact info into my email address book.
18. Refresh emergency sub plans.
19. Make and print labels for folders/journals.
     a. Work in Progress folder
     b. When I'm finished folder-print activities to include, reading log, menu of choice items to do
     c. Handwriting folder
     d. Math journal
     e. ELA journal
     f. SS & Science journals
20. Hang up Voice levels chart
21. Hang up Rules poster
      1. Follow Directions Quickly
      2. Raise your hand for permission to speak
      3. Raise your hand for permission to leave seat
      4. Make Smart Choices
      5. Keep Your Dear Teacher Happy
22. Make and print Welcome packet for each student.  Place on each desk.
23. Make sure there are crayons at each group table.
24. Write today's agenda on the board with the date.
25. Set up consequence poster and hang in classroom.
     1. Warning
     2. Bear laps(walk around the playground)
     3. Lose recess & or sit by oneself at lunch
     4. Parent contact-1st note, 2nd note, 3rd note +office referral.
26. Write names on clothespins and add to poster.
27. Create a 1st day powerpoint with procedures on it.
28. Make name plates for book boxes.
29. Print lesson plans, make copies of 1st week's lessons, gather materials, and organize by day.
30. Make a folder for each day's work & materials.
31. Make a PAT poster for incentives-preferred activity time for making good choices.

8:00 to 8:30 a.m.

1. Greet students and parents at the door.
2. Refer to chart on wall-1. handshake 2. fist bump 3. say "Good Morning" 4. a hug 5. a high five
3. Tell students to read agenda on the smart board.1. unpack 2. put supplies on the counter. 3. hang up backpack 4. find name 5. begin morning work on your desk.
4. Double check mode of transportation to and from home.

8:30 a.m.

1. Take row and place outside
2. Introduce myself to students, give background, build excitement, and answer any initial questions.
3. Discuss procedure for asking  questions, rehearse, and smile.
4. Show first day powerpoint, stopping to discuss and answer questions.
   1. Procedure for arrival
   2. Morning routine & morning message
   3. Expectations for morning behavior and work habits
   4. Video streaming morning message & expectations
   5. Rehearse expectations
5. Morning Message(School Wide) begins at 9:00
6. Class morning message-morning song, classroom pledge, & review classroom rules.
7. Discuss procedure for "Meet at the Carpet"
8. Rehearse procedure
9. Meet at the Carpet
    1. Review procedure for morning, at the carpet, and return to desks.
    2. Go over classroom rules and learning.
    3. Explain consequences and PAT time -preferred activity time on Fridays.
    4. Students introduce themselves to each other.
    5. Learn their student number & to look for it on their desk name tag.
    6. Play Memory Match- match names & faces of important people on the campus.
    7. Discuss procedure for when visitors arrive, rehearse, and review.
    8. Review dismissal from carpet, release students to their desk by group.
    9. Discuss procedure for lining up and rehearse.

9:45 to 10:30

restroom break
review return to class procedures
1. Walk quietly in line, hands to yourself
2. Quietly sit down
3. Start right away
4. Use hand signals for for help, bathroom & out of seat

Review expectations for class
Class will put together binder, add labels to folders & journals
Resume welcome packet
Call each group to small group area
Explain procedure for small group
Rehearse procedure
Discuss library & procedure for visiting class library.
Review class & small group expectations, & library visits.
Discuss hall, lunch & recess procedures.
Discuss class jobs and expectations.  Assign each student.

11:50 a.m.
Line up for lunch

12:00 to 12:30

12:30 to 1:00

restroom break

Return to class
Review hall, lunch, recess, & restroom expectations
Discuss procedure for restrooms.
Show students white board by door.  Write name here when you leave classroom & erase when you return.  Also write name in area for nurse or office as needed.
Continue welcome packet.  Send students by 2 to library to find books for their book boxes.

Discuss safe place, brain breaks & stretching to release stress.
Rehearse procedure for expectations for safe place & brain breaks.
Have a fun brain break.

Discuss procedures for turning in papers, names & number on paper, absent folder, absent person helper.
Review and discuss earlier procedures & classroom rules and expectations.


Discuss dismissal, rehearse dismissal, and verify mode of transportation home.
Check for dismissal notes.
Discuss clean up & rehearse, packing up.
Rehearse clean up and packing up.
Pack up for home
Read First Day Jitters & Discuss
Have a Goodbye Message/Procedure.
Stand at the door and say Goodbye.
Release students to the hall by table
Begin dismissal duty.


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7th Grade Math/PreAlgebra

Prepare procedure charts and have them posted strategically around the classroom for:

A. Entering classroom
1. Homework turned in to class drawer/Orange late sheet completed and turned in to class drawer
2. Math book and sharpened pencil on desk
3. Assignment copied from Assignment chart into assignment book in binder.
4. If all the above are done, students pass graded papers that are in the class's graded paper folder.

B. Tardy & Absent
1. If tardy to class, place tardy slip on Mrs. L's desk, have a seat and see assignment chart to know where we are.
2. If absent-check assignment chart & copy assignment(s) missed; get handouts from Handouts drawer if necessary; turn in any work that was completed but not turned in yet to "Absent Work" folder on Mrs. L's desk.

C. Late Work
1. Fill out orange Late Work sheet completely and turn in to class drawer in place of your completed assignment. Paper will be due the following school day, and will be 30 points off.
2. Turn in the completed late work to the Late Work folder located on Mrs. L's desk the next day.
3. If late work is still not completed the next day, fill out the "Pit Stop" form and place on Mrs. L's keyboard. It will be returned to you by the end of the class period. Do NOT leave the classroom without it because it has to be signed by parent/guardian. (This is actually a campus procedure already.) the assignment will be completed during 8th period Enrichment class in the ISS room. It will also now be 40 points off.

D. Early Finishers
1. Double & triple check your work before turning in to the class drawer. Is heading correct? Is all work shown? Are all answers circled & labeled if necessary?
2. Work on corrections that will be due on the upcoming Friday.
3. Do one of activities in red box-Sudoku puzzles, Quizzles, color Math
4. Sign out a chrome book and work on approved Math websites.

E. Class rules
1. Be respectful to yourself.
2. Be respectful to others.
3. Be respectful to your school and surroundings.
4. Do your best work.

1st day: meet and greet all students for every class as they are entering. Make it a point to say names of those I know (since most of them will be students I had last year). Make a point to repeat the names of the new students to them and make eye contact. Students will have a file folder with their name on it on the desk they've been assigned to. I will say, " Welcome! My name is Mrs. Leggett, and I'm so excited about beginning a new school year with you. Most of you had me last year, yet there are still some new faces out there that will add to our fantastic 7th grade class!

Begin going over all procedures.

Begin our first activity of setting up their HMS 7th Grade Binder.

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