The No Homework Binder. If you like the cover, you can download it from here. 1 inch binder would be fine. Get some of these dividers. Give each student one of these sheets. All they need to do is put their first and last name and their homeroom teacher. Pick up all your sheets and put all of them behind to correct dividers. For the most part, I will only assign math homework. Homework will only be given on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Homework assignments will not take students longer than 30 minutes to complete. I understand if you once in a blue moon do not do your homework due to an emergency, but when you are consistently not doing it, that is when it becomes a problem. When homework is not done, fill out the table in the no homework binder. I give a Test grade at the end of the 9 weeks grading period. Parents will be contacted if you miss 3 assignments in a row. I love having the students document this. This binder has been so easy to keep up with, its been amazing and best of all I have the documentation for the whole year in one spot. Do you hear that? Its the sigh of relief!
Write about how you think these advertisements have affected you and society as a whole. 7. One of the big differences in entertainment these days is that it’s possible to watch television and movies or listen to music almost anywhere that you can bring a phone or a computer. Write an essay about whether you think this constant access to amusement has a positive or negative effect on society. 8. Some education experts have said that the current educational system is weeding out creativity in younger students. Write a five-paragraph essay on the importance of creativity and imagination in school and life and how it would best be fostered in the classroom. 9. Write an essay about what it would have been like to go to school fifty years ago without cell phones, video games and Facebook. How would your educational experience have been different? 10. Imagine that you had to convince someone to live in your town or neighborhood. Write a persuasive essay to convince that person of its value. If you don’t like where you live, pick another place and write your essay on that location.
Go through your closet and get your own school clothes ready to go. Update or accessorize your outfits. I know I did not like wasting time trying to figure out what to wear, or discovering at the last moment I had forgotten to dryclean or mend something. Number 9. Get to know those important unsung heroes, the backbone, of the school. The janitor, school secretary, librarian, the cafeteria ladies, the recess monitors, the school nurse. Number 8. Figure out your rules and consequences for violation. Have a behavior management system in place. Make sure your rules and consequences are compatible with school policies and the general practices of other teachers. Talk to other teachers early to shut down efforts by students to play teachers off each other before it has a chance to begin. Number 7. Rehearse routines with students every day until following the routines is automatic. Think about: how do I want students to enter the room and record their tardies?
Do I want a student monitor to help me with roll, leading the pledge of allegiance, lunch money collection, other? What is the procedure for turning in homework? How should they set up their desks for start of class. When are pencils to be sharpened? Papers for absent students? What kind of behavior do I expect when there is a substitute? Make sure EVERYTHING is spelled out so that they know exactly what to expect. “Design some method to manage and keep track of daily paperwork — especially for absent students. If you have all of your students regularly asking you for their work, you’ll lose your mind. There are so many options out there. My favorite is to have a hanging folder for each student in every class. If I pass out papers, the student at the front of the row is responsible for filing the handouts for every absent student in the appropriate folder.