This noise-o-meter can help remind students what the appropriate volume should be in the classroom at specific times. This corresponds to the NYS teaching standard Element IV.3: Teachers manage the learning environment for the effective operation of the classroom. a. Teachers establish, communicate, and maintain clear standards and expectations for student behavior.
The 27 Characteristics Of Highly Effective Teachers is an excellent visual. My favorites are to chat with your students (grown students have come back to tell me they appreciated being treated like real people), and to incorporate music. I can't sing, but that's never stopped me!
This is a great way to share with your students what is expected from them on the first day of school. This will be nice to have in your door where students can see it and remember what is expected from them.6321
BEING A 21ST CENTURY EDUCATOR - although this is geared to primary and secondary teachers, it offers much for early childhood teachers to incorporate as well. Many of these practices will come to distinguish great programs from good ones.
Communication is a two-way street, as are expectations. This contains some ideas on what to ask students at the beginning of the year to find out their hopes, expectations, and what they need from a teacher, as well as how to do it effectively.
Your Job -vs- My Job: This is a great back to school activity. We met up at the small group table and discussed jobs that students might have, and the jobs a teacher has to do. We discussed what would happen if we didn't do these things? Once we created our anchor chart we all signed it as a contract reminding ourselves of the importance of being responsible and doing our jobs in the classroom.
Getting to know each of your students in your first days of school is the best way to begin building strong relationships. This is a fun activity to get kids to open up...make sure to share about yourself as well! I boystowntraining.org