"I like the idea of blank space in the classroom...not necessarily filling it up for yourself, because I want students to get the idea that whatever they do in this room is important."
Establishing routines and expectations, creating a learning community, setting a comfortable and positive tone—these are among the tasks experienced teachers set for themselves as they prepare for the beginning of a new school year. They know that thoughtful planning during the first days of school goes a long way toward ensuring a successful year for their students. In this workshop program you will listen to eight skilled practitioners identify their central concerns for those early days and discuss ways they position students for the rich learning experiences to follow.
-Rich Thompson, 4th Grade Teacher,
Canyon Elementary School, Hungry Horse, Montana
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