Back to school basics
Time sure does fly when you’re having fun! Summertime is over and it’s time to trade the tank tops and flip flops for the suit and heels. The beginning of school is an exciting time. For educators, it’s another year to make a difference in the lives of a new group of children. As the campus leader, how you start the year is paramount to a successful school year. The principal sets the tone for the year… for staff members, students, and parents. Below are a few tips on how to start the year off right.
What activities do you have scheduled for your staff, students, and parents?
8/6/2017 03:26:29 am
I have a special group I teach, troubled 9th grade boys who have habitually failed, been arrested, bullied, been bullied, stole, destroyed, and generally hate academics in school. They don't hate school, just any work needed to be done to increase their knowledge base and thus allow the school to reach goals required by federal and state mandates. So I begin each school year by feeding them pancakes, freshly cooked in class as we jam to old school (clean, filtered through pandora) hip hop, country, and rock. On day 2 them boyz ( my nickname for my all male biology classes) decorate an about you silhouette of either a football helmet, soccer ball, race car or truck, hunting rifle, guitar, or video game console with aspects that make them unique. I give an example of one I did explaining such things as things as the beer can drawing ripping my dads alcoholism etc.. On day 3, we work as a class to establish rules for the class after which I give the norms which are beyond reproach. I give them a physical planner, notebook, where they copy these down in some manner. That takes care of the first week. On Monday we get started on achieving our largest task, having the highest passing percentage of the Texas biology EOC not only in Laporte but in Texas. WE WILL MAKE HISTORY. May 8, 2018 is the date of our super bowl, World Cup championship, Carnegie Hall debut, or television show premiere, that day is when we take the Biology EOC. Have a great year!
One Innovative Educator
8/6/2017 05:17:38 am
Beautiful!!! Those boys are blessed to have such a passionate teacher. I say passionate because your passion pushes you to find ways to reach them. Keep making a difference.
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