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The first six weeks of intermediate age

The First Six Weeks

Responsive classroom
The daily 5
The first 20 days of reading
1. To create community and safety. (Shared Vision S.B.E.) (Hopes and Dreams,
2. To teach the schedule and routine of the day and the weeks.
3. To establish the grade level expectations.
4. To establish school expectations
Weeks 1-3 are getting the class into all of the above while week 4-6 are where we
want ot be in a standard based system.
Goals of week one:

Arrival: Location, time, hand signal

Morning meeting, morning work
Get student work up
Hopes and dreams
Shared Vision
Transitions: In class subjects, outside of classroom
Bathroom signal
Classroom respect: Tools, books, desks, chairs, ect
Recess expectations
Lunch: Sitting arrangements and fun topics
Visual cues
Whole group meetings: sitting styles, circle
Clean up
Dismiss: Closing circle

Goals for week two:

Reinforce expectations
Morning meeting
Create a vision of our classroom community as supportive of all its members.
Concrete actions grow from the vision
Work in small groups, pairs, whole group and feel safe
New games will be introduced
Students will work, play, and socialize with a range of classmates.
Appreciation circle (pg111)
Independent reading projects (pg113)

The first six weeks of intermediate age

Math Games

Goals for week three:

Move the group toward increased responsibility and independence
Enforce the vision and make it come alive. The backbone of the class
Critical thinking will occur about class vision and expectations
Logical Consequences
Goals for the weeks 4-6
Most children work independently while teacher is in small groups
Children work together productively in all groups
Children are internalizing classroom vision and expectations
Children become increasingly independent and began to lead in routines
How am I going to do this?
1. Morning meeting
2. Routines, expectations, community building, modeling (student and teacher),
role playing
3. Shared vision: This is a living. Students, teachers, and parents understand our
vision and will help us do it.
4. Quiet time
Capacity Matrix
Parking Lot
Affinity Chart
Learning Behavior sheet
Goal setting sheet
Guided discovery: 5 parts
1. Naming
2. Generating ideas and modeling
3. Children explore
4. Children share
5. Clean up
Academic Choice: Connects to SBE
Children choose their learning activity within a range of structured choices (the daily
Hopes and Dreams: Do the worksheet that goes with this later in the week. Older
kids take longer to build trust. Teachers provide children with positive guidelines and
a vision. The classroom expectations grow straight from the students hopes and
Sets a ton of collaboration and mutual respect
Builds community
Invites students into having a stake in their learning

The first six weeks of intermediate age

Students become invested