Academic Culture

Town Hall Meeting

Since I work with 3 large cohorts of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students (100+ students in each cohort) my colleagues and I developed a Town Hall Meeting for the beginning of the year to explain our Rules, Routines, Procedures, and Consequences to the entire cohort at once. Having all of my students on the same system has provided tremendous consistency and stability and created a solid community foundation. Town Hall Meeting is a place where students not only hear the expectations but are encouraged to ask questions or make comments to the entire community. Delivering this presentation once to the entire cohort helps to set the culture in an efficient way. 

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Teacher In Action
 
 
Lesson Plan
 
 
This is the Town Hall presentation that my colleagues and I use to lay the foundation of who we are as a learning community, what we believe in, and how we want our class and school to operate so that students have the best learning experience. This presentation is a collaboration of many colleagues and has been tweaked and improved many times over the course of several years.
Lesson Plan
 
 
This lesson plan guides my presentation of this Town Hall Meeting.
Teacher In Action
 
 
Lesson Plan
 
 
This is the Town Hall presentation that my colleagues and I use to lay the foundation of who we are as a learning community, what we believe in, and how we want our class and school to operate so that students have the best learning experience. This presentation is a collaboration of many colleagues and has been tweaked and improved many times over the course of several years.
Lesson Plan
 
 
This lesson plan guides my presentation of this Town Hall Meeting.
Aaron Kaswell
Middle School 88 Peter Rouget
Brooklyn, NY


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Long
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Seventh grade
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Instructional Openings
Kinesthetic Student Demo

Anytime I can bring a student up for a demonstration it usually captures the other students' attention much more than I do. Having a physical connection can help with internalizing the mathematics.

 
Academic Culture
Core Idea Content Link

The core ideas of my classroom are big ideas and themes that run through almost every lesson I teach. They are good math values, work values, life values. Whenever they come up during a lesson, I always explicitly make the connection. Next year, I plan on using a graphic for each value (some kind of eye graphic for core idea #1) to show, in my lessons, where the ideas come up.

 
Routines and Procedures
Hand Signals

My colleagues and I use a variety of hand signals in our classroom to avoid unnecessary disruptions and maintain focus and time on task. Three common hand signals: a signal to use bathroom; a signal for needing scrap paper; and a signal for asking a presenter to speak louder. We introduce all of the hand signals to students at the beginning of the year in a community-wide Town Hall Meeting.

 
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