As the first days give way to the first weeks of school, keep these additional tips in mind and you will be well on your way toward a great first year.
  • After important rules and routines are created, post them prominently and send copies home to parents.

  • Be fast, firm, fair, and predictable in enforcing rules.

  • Make sure students understand the consequences of breaking rules.

  • Strive to have materials and activities ready.

  • Reinforce good behavior by acknowledging it.

  • Involve students in maintaining a smooth-running, tidy classroom by creating student helper opportunities.

  • Closely guide students during the first few weeks with clear instructions and directions.

  • Remain calm and composed.

  • Make sure students know what to bring to class.

  • Teach academic routines as well as "housekeeping" routines.

  • Give students responsibility for their work.

  • Communicate instructional objectives and expectations clearly.

  • Inform parents of your goals and objectives.