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Looks like you are getting some good feedback on opening routines. One
mentioned setting out the expectations for the day once everyone gets
settled. I found something similiar that seemed to work. If you have an
overhead projector (easel paper could work to) write out the days
expectations, materials needed, extra instructions and sometimes a "Thought
for the day" or a "Point to Ponder" and have them displayed at the very
beginning of class. This way, that student who comes in right at the first
bell can get going immediately and the student who comes in 3 minutes late
doesn't need you to repeat expectations. This has worked well for me with
MS and HS students. I could use a new routine myself for elementary. The
come in, sit down, pass out portfolios, materials and so on has become old.
PS Teri, it sounds like you teach k-12 too. Are we in the same boat? I
would like to know more about your teaching situation. What grades and how
often for how long? I am the only art teacher in a SMALL K-12 school and
get very lonely. Anyone else like me out there?
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