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This week: Lesson Plans, Activities, Printables

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We know exactly how busy this time of year is for you, so we're keeping it practical for the next few weeks. This week, a few tips and tools to help you with some of the most important ingredients for a successful school year: establishing ground rules, consistency, and a strong class culture.
  • Ground Rules: Make classroom boundaries clear. Students should never wonder if X is okay or not...
  • Consistency: When students know what to expect from your class, it becomes a safe place. Be consistent in your rules and schedule, and students will always be happy to show up at your door.
  • Class Culture: Nothing goes further than a little fun. Use games to build trust and help students get to know each other and you.
  • See all 3 in Action: Featured Teacher Nick Romagnolo (see below) takes you on a guided tour in six minutes or less. 
Read on for more resources! Join the conversation on our Facebook page. We'd love to hear all about your first day!

Back 2 School

The First Day
Ground Rules:
Download our sample Classroom Rules and class discussion starters.

Teach an Attention Getting Signal on the first day.
Practice until it's perfect! Your consistency is the key.

Class Culture: 
Play Pass the Clap or Tootie Ta to build trust and have fun.

See how Mr. Romo puts it all together:
Romo gives his take on how one amazing teacher builds culture and consistency.

Quick Quiz

Just for Coaches?
Last Week's Quiz Results
Thanks to everyone who participated in last week's quick quiz! We hear you loud and clear! You told us that:

* Feedback and Evaluation
* Integrating Technology
* Data and Assessment

were hot topics for you. So, we're going to look at ways we can get you the info you want. Write to us, if you have ideas!

Shout Out

Stacy Reece DiNello
Stacy DiNello
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