"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure..."Currently we are about 3 weeks into the school year (crazy to think we are nearly a quarter through the Fall semester already!). I have had a really good start to the school year, and have implemented many things I learned from Summer NTI.
One of the things that has been most successful and beneficial to my classroom has been the approach I took to teaching classroom procedures and behavior expectations. I decided to dedicate the first 3 to 5 days of the school year to a program "orientation." During this time, we discussed procedures specific to my classroom, covered the syllabus, use of Google Classroom, and employability skills.
I believe that taking the time to communicate clear expectations has helped this year get off to a smooth start and I have had very few issues with transitioning activities or behavior problems because of it.
Additionally, having the clear expectations posted both on the wall with my poster and in the syllabi for my courses allows me to frequently reference the policy when behavior corrections are necessary. It has made classroom management a much more seamless part of my job, and has given me more time and energy to focus on instructional activities.
I'm looking forward to learning even more new methods this Fall and my continued growth as a professional educator.