Mindset for the First Two Weeks

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8 thoughts on “Mindset for the First Two Weeks”

  1. I’m just starting my year. Made it through 3 team building days and we’ve made the cards for card talk. I’m giving them time to make them. If I treat the tool like a throwaway activity so will they. Or at least that’s my feeling. I don’t know why we feel beholden to rush through everything we do. I think that in the past when I’ve tried to rush students to complete things it just reinforces to them that I don’t truly care. They and their work are means to an end. Today we just made our cards, talked about the day and weather, and discussed the classroom rules. Though there was no “production” of work, I do feel that we did invest in relationships and it’s important for me to slow down, see their faces and learn their names.

  2. Alisa Shapiro-Rosenberg

    Wow! Sending a message that you are not in a hurry, that you are not about covering material or deciding for them what content you’re gonna ply – that’s a huge and positive message at the beginning of the year.
    My HS junior who just returned to school last week keeps saying that everyone @ school expects HS kids to be perfect, to know what to do, to get it all done, to understand how it all works – even though there are pages and pages of syllabi, teacher/student/parent contracts to sign, junk to buy, special schedules, calendars of events and projects…
    H was stressed out leading up to it, and the first week was hell. (He’s feeling a bit better now…)
    But imagine how much better it would have been if he stepped into Craig’s class and got the vibe that we’re not in a rush, we’ll invest in understanding, we’ll value our time and tasks together….

  3. Give your boy a medal. He gets it. It’s a sham, what education has become. We have to change it. Tell him that he is a strong and smart kid and 100% spot on correct on his observation of the joke that education has become. I respect that kid. And what’s great is that, knowing you are his mom, he’ll still do what is necessary to carve out a bright future, but he won’t as an adult by into false bullshit from people, bc he learned what that looks like in schools. He learned something in school!

  4. Oh Craig! Your post makes my heart sing!!!! I have a personal goal this year to SLOW THE HECK DOWN / adopt the “LESS IS MORE” approach and generally guffaw at frenzy of any kind. Easier said than done.

    Thank you for this report. We also made cards. I’ve used them a tiny bit. Also I’ve done some TPR and “chair drills” to train them to move chairs quietly and efficiently. No syllabus yet, because it will make more sense to read a syllabus tomorrow (Monday) now that we have a few days under our belt. I think I am going to have learning objectives this year. I will have “communication objective” and a separate (but actually more important) “routines and procedures”objective. I literally thought of this yesterday, because there are so many different routines for different things that I can have a tendency to skip or rush. I want to slow down and be intentional about routines, transitions, beginnings and endings. I think that having a written “routines /procedures” objective for the day will help all of us. Like tomorrow will be “beginning and ending class.” Maybe this is superfluous, but I feel like it will be super helpful to me. I’ve already hired a “class timer” to tell us to take breaks and such. They are sooooo necessary for me, since i get carried away and forget. The kids who took this job are very cheerful and earnest!

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