Contrary to what you may have heard or read, in a classroom it is critical that you pay attention to the small things. Those intricate details are what can either make or break a classroom. Each teacher has their own style and that is as different as each student is from one another. Therefore when you get new students every September they are products of the teacher or teachers they had in the past year. Every component of the school day is based on what approach was taken with them (or not addressed) in the past. Once again you must start with your vision. What do you want your classroom to look like, feel like and sound like. From that point, you backward plan to achieve your goals. This approach is necessary whether it is September, starting an LTO in March or whether you are moving into a new division. Each component is dependent on fulfilling many small, intricate details.
The following topics are key domains that I focus in on and plan out every detail to assist me in reaching my goals:
- How will I make my classroom a learning community where every member is valued and contributes to the overall success of the classroom (relationships)?
- What routines will need to be developed to ensure maximum on task time and therefore student success?
- How will I track student achievement and communicate to both parents and students about their growth and next steps?
- How will my classroom set up contribute to student learning and the development of positive relationships?
- How will I develop a student’s ability to self assess and not only be reliant on adults telling them how they are doing?
Each and every one of the above domains require specific attention to details in order for them to yield the results I desire. By sweating the small things, I am able to accomplish many BIG IDEAS!