No Series: Setting Expectations on the First Day of School

Setting Expectations on the First Day of School

Lesson Objective: Students help make classroom rules on the first day of school
All Grades / All Subjects / Behavior

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Discussion and Supporting Materials

Thought starters

  1. What is Mr. Bell's purpose behind his greeting of students beyond being cordial or nice?
  2. See how the "noise-o-meter" helps establish expectations How does Mr. Bell involve students in making the classroom rules?

240 Comments

  • Private message to Monica Hill

Mr. Bell purpose behind his greeting of students is you to access their mood for the day. If they are sad he knows how he should treat or approach that student throughout the class. 

I loved how he used the "noise-o-meter" to set the expectations of the students regarding the activities that theyt will be performing in the class and where their voices should be throughout each activity. I also thought it was unique to incorportate the students classroom rules as an assignment to increase their awareness, ownership and accountability. 

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  • Private message to Leah Davis

I believe it is so important to keep students' mental health in mind when teaching. The quick check in at roll call to adjust individual expectations is a great idea and a very useful tool. 

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  • Private message to AUDRY BATISTE

1. Mr. Bell greeting his students is to determine their feelings and make sure that everyone is ok and ready to learn.

2. Mr. Bell students' being involved in the class rules in a sense of sharing things that the students have in common and form the basis of the rules in terms of their behavior.

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  • Private message to Deisy Isaza

 

  1. What is Mr. Bell's purpose behind his greeting of students beyond being cordial or nice?  His purpose is to let the students know that he cares about how they are feeling and to see how to treat them during the day.
  2. See how the "noise-o-meter" helps establish expectations How does Mr. Bell involve students in making the classroom rules? Mr. Bells involve the students explaining with details his rules and how he can see who is ready to learn when they follow the steps. Also he gives the students the opportunity to write what expectations they have from him.
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  • Private message to Angela Arrington

I liked the techniques displayed in this video because they were not only sensitive to students' needs and caring in terms of teacher response but they also displayed creativity in the way they were communicated to the students. Mr. Bell's technique of asking the students how they were feeling and adjusting his response was a great way to assess his students' mood and temperament before the lessons begin. The use of room diagrams and wall art that was bold, interactive, and creative in design was a good use of space to effectively remind students what behaviors are expected to show their attention to their learning.  Mr. Bell took care of his students in several ways: he modeled good behavior, adjusted his responses according to the tone of the students needs to create flexibility for mood fluctuations, and he reinforced explaining why these behavior responsibilities were useful to them as students; so they could take ownership of the expected behaviors as learners who want to show the teacher they are learning. 

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Transcripts

  • Summary

    Winner of the 2007 Teaching Award for primary teacher of the year (east midleands), Andy Bell shows behavior expert John

    Summary

    Winner of the 2007 Teaching Award for primary teacher of the year (east midleands), Andy Bell shows behavior expert John Bayley how he handles his new Year 6 class on the first day of term, in this short video on classroom-management and pedagogy.
    Andy uses praise and rewards to encourage good behavior, with impressive results. He's clear about what he expects from his students, establishing respect and fairness from the start.
    By using a series of signals for attention and devising a football noise-o-meter system for monitoring sound levels, the pupils understand what's expected of them and what the rules are for listening.
    Andy then introduces fun activities to ease the class into learning and remind them of school routines.

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