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How to Survive and Thrive in the First Three Weeks of School

How to Survive and Thrive in the First Three Weeks of School

May 2006 | 256 pages | Corwin
Master the 3 + 3 = 33 equation for successful opening days at school-at any grade level!

Research shows that time invested during the first three weeks of school to teach Routines, Rubrics, and Rules-the three R's-leads to higher student achievement throughout the remaining 33 weeks of school, or 3 + 3 = 33.

This wonderfully practical and effective new book from bestselling author Elaine McEwan will help any teacher through those critical weeks and show how truly "with-it" teachers (WITs) can manage more easily the three critical facets of every teacher's day: classroom management and organization, student engagement, and time management.

Loaded with specifics, WITs from K-12 classrooms share their personal routines, rubrics and rules to help you survive and thrive in those first three weeks of school, including

Designing and organizing your classroom to support learning

Teaching routines, rubrics, and rules to maximize learning time

Creating organizational, academic, and social routines

Choosing rules and rewards to build character and motivation

Using the "With-It" teacher list, including attention-getters, noise-breakers, timesavers, routines, and homework helpers

With the power of 3 + 3 = 33-and the secrets of WITs-you can chart a sure-footed course for those all-important first weeks of school, and help guide your students successfully through the school year!

The Goal of This Book: With-It-Ness for All Teachers

Who This Book Is For

What With-It-Ness Is Not

Overview of the Contents

Special Features of This Book

About the Author
The “Big Idea” of 3 + 3 = 33

How to “Coach” Motivated and Attentive Students

The Research Support for 3 +3 = 33

Definitions You Need to Know

How the With-It Teachers Were Identified

How With-It Teachers Teach

Acronyms You Need to Know

What’s Ahead?

1. Creating Spaces for Teaching and Learning
The Challenges of Creating a Supportive Learning Environment

How to Allocate, Arrange, and Use Classroom Space

How, Where, and With Whom Your Students Sit

With-It Teachers’ Roundtable: Classroom Seating

What’s Ahead?

2. Creating Walls That Work
With-It Teachers Roundtable: Using Your Walls Wisely

How With-It Teachers Use Their Walls to Support Learning

What’s Ahead?

3. How to Teach the 3Rs: Routines, Rubrics, and Rules
How to Maximize Academic Learning Time

How to Become a With-It Teacher

How With-It Teachers Teach the 3Rs

With-It Teachers' Roundtable: Teaching the 3Rs

How With-It Teacher Choose Their Teaching Models

How With-It Teachers Use the Teaching Moves

What’s Ahead?

4. Routines That Develop Self-Discipline
Organizational Routines

With-It Teachers' Roundtable: Organizational Routines

Academic Routines

Social Routines

What’s Ahead?

5. Rubrics That Raise Expectations and Achievement
What Is a Rubric?

What Is a Checklist?

What Is a Rating Scale?

How With-It Teachers Use Rubrics

How With-It Teachers Use Checklists

How With-It Teachers Use Rating Scales

Using a Rubric, Checklist, or Rating Scale to Motivate Student Performance

What’s Ahead?

6. Rules and Rewards That Build Character and Motivation
The Challenge of Choosing the Third R: Rules (and Rewards)

The Basics Approaches to Discipline

What Works and What Doesn’t?

With-It Teachers Roundtable: Rules and Rewards

What’s Ahead?

7. How to Develop a 3 + 3 = 33 Plan
Step 1: Get Organized

Step 2: Answer Questions and Write a Reflective Essay

Step 3: Arrange Your Space and Choose a Seating Plan

Step 4: Design Your Walls

Step 5: Choose and Analyze Your Routines, Rubrics, and Rules

Step 6: Develop Lesson Plans

Step 7: Write a Detailed Lesson Plan for the First Day of School

What’s Ahead?

Resource A: With-It Teacher’s List
Attention Getters for Off-Task Students

Attention Getters for Whole Group Instruction

Bulletin Board List

Ways to Check for Understanding

Homework Helpers for Upper Grade and Secondary Teachers

Noise Breakers

Signals That Silence Students

Time-Savers for Every Teacher

Time-Savers for Elementary Teachers

Time-Savers for Secondary Teachers

Organizational Routines for Elementary Teachers

Organizational Routines for Secondary Teachers

Rewards (Tangible But Not Edible)

Rewards (Intangible)

Rewards (Low-Sugar or No-Sugar Treats)

Social Routines

Resource B: With-It Teacher Questionnaire

Directions for Completing the Questionnaire

Resource C: Respondents

“This book could be the primary resource for teacher induction programs or the book study of choice for mentoring programs! It makes a distinct contribution to the field of education and to the art of teaching.”

Roxie Ahlbrecht, Second-Grade Teacher
Robert Frost Elementary School, Sioux Falls, SD

Sample Materials & Chapters



Chapter 1

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