Ok, so your students have returned…now what?
The first few weeks of school can be a flurry of activity and movement, but every day of student interaction and teacher-led instruction counts! Below, we’ll share some of our best tips for getting the most out of those first few weeks of school.
Fostering a positive classroom environment is imperative during the first few weeks of school. This environment includes both the physical classroom, as well as the rapport between teacher and students. Heather Wolpert-Gawron, at Edutopia, has several great tips for back to school night and setting the classroom environment for the school year. Posting student work in the classroom is part of setting the stage for a positive learning environment and helping parents “…picture their own kids learning in the room,” as Wolpert-Gawron puts it. Here are our tips for posting student work in the classroom.
Developing and sustaining good habits is so important the first few weeks of school. If you saw something in your classroom last year that you want to avoid, now is the time to ensure it doesn’t follow you this year. Learn from your experience in the classroom, and develop and implement good habits for learning.
Encourage students to take ownership of their own learning. There are some very concrete ways you can encourage this in your classroom:
Finally, sharing the standards that students are expected to meet is helpful for both students and parents. Confusion about the standards and expectations can be frustrating and detrimental to student learning. You can help foster a positive learning environment for the students at home by encouraging parents to learn more about what is expected of their student, how they can help their student achieve, and letting them know that if they have questions, you’re always available to help. The National PTA has also released several Guides to Student Success that are incredible resources for parents, be sure to check them out here!
Do you have any tips for the first few weeks of school that we haven’t covered? Leave them below in the comments!