1. Student desks or tables in a neat order. Students and teacher should be able to walk comfortably around the room to get to the three distinct rotation areas: Small Group, Independent Reading, Instructional Software.
2. Put students at ease when they enter the classroom. They don't have to choose a seat/desk because the decision making of where to sit is done for them.
Place a sign on the three tables distinguishing the groups.
Group students by birthday months:
3. Have a special place in the room for the following: rBook/ReaL Book, folders, spirals, markers, glue, pens/pencils, construction paper, scissors, a place to turn in classwork and homework.
4. Teacher's name, class period, and subject are easily noticed in the classroom so students will know how to write their heading on a paper.
5. Practice the student's name and pronunciation before the class arrives. As students are entering the room, ask if anyone goes by another name (perhaps their middle name or an appropriate nickname)
6. Every day, stand outside the classroom door to greet students coming in the room.
7. Review bus and parent pick up, the bell and lunch schedules.
8. Smile! Everybody is nervous! As the teacher, you want to make a positive difference in your students' lives, and that is a huge challenge! Students want to learn, be their best, and make friends.
9. Let students know you have high expectations for all of them. Tell students how you're going to grade them: Daily, Major, and Assessments.
10. Finally and most importantly, enjoy the first day with your new and returning READ 180 students! Win them over with your enthusiasm, knowledge of the subject, and interest in them as a person!
Start the year off right and you will be in for one of your best teaching years ever!
Philosophy of Teaching All of my life, I have enjoyed working with children and have always desired to teach. It is my belief that no matter what socio-economic background, everyone deserves to achieve his/her educational goals. It is my ambition to facilitate this process.Growing up in the Houston area, I have always been aware of the Cypress-Fairbanks School District. The district's reputation of excellence is well known, not only in the Houston metroplex, but throughout the state of Texas. As a professional educator, it is important to be associated with a school district whose goals for its students are aligned with my philosophy of teaching.