When they sit down, they notice the overhead on and it says "bellwork: name,
address, etc." and they begin working (usually). When the bell rings, I
introduce myself and explain that they were already practicing class
procedure. Bellwork happens as the bell rings. Then Directions and
Discussion is what we're doing right now. "What do you think is next?" as I
look at a sign I have the 4 parts posted on. Studio. Then, Cleanup and
We talk about my 4 parts of class procedure in great detail and then do a
name design for our portfolio as our studio for that day. Then we really
review procedures again and discuss how we turn in work.
Not very exciting, but it's worked for me so far. I spend the rest of the
week really practicing class procedures. My biggie rule is respect which we
discuss a lot. There are groundrules for certain lessons or areas (like
working on the computer or printmaking) which we discuss as the need arises.
It's easier for them to remember that way. I've made an orientation
workbook that we do the first week with a contract that the parents must
sign. The orientation workbook works well because new kids do that first
anytime during the semester that they come in.
Look at Harry Wong's book- The First Days of School. It is worth it's
weight in gold. Every teacher supply store around here has it and so does
Barnes and Noble.
Hey- I've only been out for 7 full days and we're talking about the first
day already?! Agghhhh!!!
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