So what will be a positive pattern for the school year ahead? What behaviors and rituals truly do foster the best possible work for the children, their families, and colleagues? For each educator, that answer will be different, but as I think of the goals and work ahead, these are the routine components I want to make sure I focus on.
Happy, Positive Start
As I've done in the past, I'll begin the school day with the schedule out front, some morning tasks for the children, and time to welcome all and troubleshoot any student issues that may occur at the start of the day.
Early Morning Help
I'll open the classroom door at 7:15 two mornings a week for students who want extra help. I'll choose the mornings once I meet with my team and get an idea of the weekly schedule too.
I'd like to offer one afternoon a week to help students who need and want an extra boost with math as well. I will also choose that day once the schedule is set.
All Stop and Read
I'll work with my colleagues to foster this effort daily and support this initiative in a number of ways. We'll add this to our schedule.
I'll work with students to establish routines that take the focus away from organization and transition procedures so we can focus in on the most engaging, collaborative, and meaningful areas of math and science study.
Daily Professional Learning, Planning, Reflection, Research
Mostly before and after the school day, but also including planning periods which are directed towards work that can only be done at school.
A time to connect with students as they play.
Time for meetings set aside one afternoon a week.
Time to focus on collegial matters
- Math/Science Education
- Dynamic Learning Community
- SEL and Culturally Responsive, Brain-Friendly Learning/Teaching