Academic Culture

SMART House Rules

My co-teachers and I use a simple set of three rules to guide our blended classroom: 1. Respect all people, property, and ideas; 2. Follow directions the first time; and 3. Be prepared. The consistency of these rules is really important for middle schoolers and creates a great culture of learning in our House. We share these rules with students at the beginning of the year in a community-wide Town Hall Meeting.

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Teacher In Action
 
 
 
Student Handout
 
 
This slide lays out the foundation of our academy's (called SMART House) culture. All of my colleagues throughout the academy use the same rules to foster a common culture.
 
Teacher In Action
 
 
Student Handout
 
 
This slide lays out the foundation of our academy's (called SMART House) culture. All of my colleagues throughout the academy use the same rules to foster a common culture.
Aaron Kaswell
Middle School 88 Peter Rouget
Brooklyn, NY


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Long
Subject:
Math
Grades:
Sixth grade, Seventh grade, Eighth grade
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There are an infinite number of digital content providers and tech tools and education programs a blended teacher can choose to use in his classroom. Check out how and why Aaron uses specific digital content and ed tech tools!


 
 
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