Setting and Achieving High Expectations
Lesson Objective: Establish clear and consistent expectations on the first day of school
All Grades / All Subjects / Routine

Thought starters

  1. How does Dr. Johnson model expectations on the very first day of school?
  2. Why is consistency important in supporting students as they meet high expectations?
  3. Why is building relationships an important part of classroom management?
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Dr. Johnson begins her classroom management and "best practices" on the first day of school.  She demonstrates this by using a bell to quiet the students, and in how they greet her at the beginning of class.  It is important that she is consistent with her classroom management because without it, she will lose control of the classroom.  Students need structure in order to excel within the boundaries that they have been given.  Dr. Johnson truly understands that the better the relationship with the students, the more targeted her lessons can be, resulting in a higher classroom performance.

 

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Consistency & organization sets a good foundation for success. Dr. Johnson not only has those expectations for her students but she hold herself to those same standards by setting a routine on the first day of school. This allows Dr. Johnson to set the pace for the year, while maintaining control & organization in her classroom. The students can then follow her example each day in class. 

I like Dr. Johnson's method and her view on building relationships with her students. She mentioned how this helps her learn her students interests and plan lessons they will be interested in. I also believe this allows the students to feel a sense of friendship and trust with the teacher. 

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I agree.
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Consistency is key. Anything routine becomes a habit.
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Consistency creates habit and therefore expectation.
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Transcripts

  • Interviewer: [Music] Good afternoon, everybody.

    Interviewee: Good afternoon, Dr. Johnson.

    Interviewer: I think classroom management is probably one of the biggest pieces of

    Interviewer: [Music] Good afternoon, everybody.

    Interviewee: Good afternoon, Dr. Johnson.

    Interviewer: I think classroom management is probably one of the biggest pieces of teaching. If I manage my classroom well, I have it organized well, I’m prepared, the content, that part comes fairly easily.

    How many of you use the Internet at home? Wow.

    The classroom management starts, for me, on the first day of school. Anything that’s going to be a routine for the kids, we start it on the first day. If I expect them to stop what they’re doing and listen to me in response to hearing a bell [rings bell], that starts on the first day. If I expect them to be able to come in the classroom first thing and sit down and do bell work, to do an activity while I take attendance, that starts on the first day.

    I wanna go through a few key words that you’re probably gonna hear me repeat.

    We also spend time that first day, that first week, getting to know each other, me getting to know them and them getting to know me, because part of classroom management is also the relationships that I’ve formed with my students. Those relationships then help me plan lessons just for them. What do I know they will be engaged with? What are they gonna be interested in? It helps me prepare the right joke, or have the best example, because I know them and I know what they’ll respond to.

    Interviewer: Everybody, hold up your color.

    Interviewee: Double red. [Crosstalk 01:33] [Laughter] [Music]

    [End of Video 01:41]

School Details

Rancho Milpitas Middle School
1915 Yellowstone Avenue
Milpitas CA 95035
Population: 714

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Melina Johnson
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