Building a Strong Foundation:
The First Six Weeks of School
The decisions teachers make during the critical first weeks of school set the tone for the entire year. Through the reading and reflecting on The First Six Weeks of School (2nd edition), you will learn to establish a safe environment where students can take risks and successfully handle routines and expectations throughout the day. Your students will demonstrate increased self-discipline and be more engaged in active learning.
Generate rules and procedures for appropriate use of classroom materials.
Create a classroom environment that meets the needs of individual students and the collective class.
Work with students to create a list of classroom rules.
Help teachers learn to make the best of what they have to work with to create a warm, orderly and engaging environment.
Decide on a plan for the location of whole group meetings that is inviting, spacious and free of distractions and clutter.
Group students effectively in different size groups depending on the activity.
Build student awareness of the logical consequences of their actions.
Improve organization of curriculum materials so that students can work in flexible groups and have a large variety of learning experiences.
For K-5 Teachers
This class is offered for 3 Quarter Credits
The First Six Weeks by Responsive Classroom (we recommend the 2nd edition)
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Option 1: Non-Credit/Audit TINT Tuition Fee (30 PDUs): $525
Option 2: 3 Quarter Credit (60 PDUs) = TINT Tuition Fee: $525
+ $165 SPU Credit Fee (Click here for SPU Info) = $690
I have found The First Six Weeks of School to be an incredibly valuable resource for starting a new school year. This course has presented the start of the school year in a new light. Instead of beginning the year feeling nervous and overwhelmed by all that needs to be done, this text provided a calm and helpful structure to build a strong foundation for the first six weeks of school. The text is clear, easy to follow, and filled with practical and engaging ideas for the classroom. From the ideas presented day by day and week by week in the different sections: Flow of the Day, Teaching Academics and Discipline to the sample schedules and ideas in the appendices, this text was and will be on my desk during the first six weeks of school for years to come.
This class has helped me to feel supported on taking a chance on a new school year. I get the beginning of school jitters every year and using The First Six Weeks of School is a fantastic way to build up my courage and excitement for the new year. I have appreciated the deep looks into each chapter and the opportunity this class has given me to also add in some of the other ideas from this book that I hadn’t used in previous years. While only entering my fourth year of teaching, I have already seen how easy it can be to get settled into routines and not learn new ideas. There is so much more that this book has to offer that I am excited to use in my classroom. For example, the Hopes and Dreams strategy is a fantastic way to help students reflect on their learning and set goals for the year. I look forward to encouraging students with a positive tone and reinforcing language. As the year wears on, I want to maintain a positive tone and not get impatience or short with students. This is also why interactive modeling is so important, because it gives students a chance to fully experience the expected behaviors. I am excited to introduce more academic choices to students too. I think that as my confidence as a teacher grows, so too will opportunities for students to learn in my classroom. I appreciate the reflections and learning this course has brought to my teaching practice. Thank you!
For the last assignment you've asked that we write a reflection about this course and things that we will implement into our classroom because of it. First I would like to say that I have taken many online classes. My entire graduate program through George Fox University was online. I took some good classes, but was frustrated that a lot of them weren't focused on becoming a better educator. This online class has been amazing! It wasn't terribly difficult and all of the time that I put into it was useful, focused on helping me become a better educator, and 100% applicable to improving my classroom which I am grateful for. I am looking forward to continuing to taking more classes through TINT.