New School Year

Quick Tip: New School Year

Every new school year is exciting because it’s the chance for a new beginning—always with the hope that THIS year will be the BEST. Hopefully you have had plenty of time to reflect on what you would’ve changed about last year and things you should’ve done differently. Well now is the time to put those plans in place. Set up those filing systems. Set up your assessment binder where all of your data will be in one place. Set up your parent communication binder to keep records of your interactions and communications. Reassess your procedures and how you can refine them to be more fluid, effective and timely this year. Brainstorm your motivational strategies and overall behavior plan. Most importantly develop your instructional plan. Plan out your time and how much time you will have to teach which parts of the curriculum allowing for time to provide interventional instruction. Make sure your classroom is ready, but also make sure your instruction for the first two weeks is especially strong allowing for plenty of time to teach, model and reinforce rules, procedures and other expectations. Also plan time for class building and team building activities. Every moment that you spend preparing for the new year will pay off immensely throughout the year. After all there’s only one first day of school and only one chance to get it right.

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