Respond to the following in your journal:
What are the three or four core characteristics you would like to establish in your classroom? What are some ways you can introduce and promote those characteristics at the beginning of the school year? (You might think about how you would like others to describe your classroom and the steps you could take to establish those characteristics at the beginning of the year.)
Identify several specific activities you already include in your introductions to a new school year. Are there new ones you might try after viewing this video?
In preparation for Workshop session 7, read "Literature for Students the System Has Failed" in Dr. Judith Langer's Envisioning Literature from the Teachers College Press, 1995.
For additional resources, refer to the Additional Reading section of this workshop's materials.