Reflection: High Expectations First Day! Welcome to an EXCITING Journey! - Section 2: Motivation for Class Norms/Rules


I have continued to tweak and revise the document that I use for my start of the year rules and expectations.  Rather than providing the kids with an extensive list of Do's and Don'ts I have found it beneficial to include famous quotes and slogans that help to shape our culture.  The quotes from influential figures helped to generate discussion and add validity to what I hope to build.   I choose not to focus on rules, but rather highlight critical elements of our classroom culture.  It is my approach that a strong culture doesn't need an extensive list of rules.  A strong culture is guided by high expectations and accountability.  Obviously, with this said, different types of classes need different types of rules interventions. 

  Big Names = Big Expectations
  High Expectations: Big Names = Big Expectations
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First Day! Welcome to an EXCITING Journey!

Unit 1: Culture Building Unit - Welcome to the New Year!
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Objective: SWBAT take an active role in shaping the culture of the classroom and learn about the value of the math practice standards.

Big Idea: With riddles, funny interviews, mission statements and slogans, this culture building unit helps get the year off to an exciting start!

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Math, Algebra, Algebra II, master teacher project
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