The most important goal for this week is to set up the structure of the classroom through rules and routines. Students will start practicing working in small groups, pairs, individually and as a whole group. Academic lessons are now layered into the classroom community building activities that were started from the first week. Students will participate in various teacher-supervised activities.
The goal for this week is to teach students to develop critical thinking skills about possible ways to follow the class rules if there is more than one. Logical consequences will be introduced and applied this week. The teacher will use reflection and redirection as much as needed.
Week Four through Six After the practice of the first three weeks, most students will be able to stay on task and work individually because they will be familiar with the classroom routines and expectations. They will be able to generate meaningful discussion about classroom rules and logical consequences.
Reference Denton, Paula, and Kriete, Roxann. (2000). The First Six Weeks of School. Greenfield, MA: Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc.