August 1, 2016

Secrets of Launching a Stellar School Year

What if you could walk into the class of your dreams this year? Of course you'd jump at the chance! But what does that mean? What would your "dream class" be like? Would the students be self-motivated and excited about learning? Would they treat each other with kindness and respect? Might you look forward to Monday mornings instead of dreading them????

Believe it or not, this year's class could be your dream class. In fact, the secret to having an amazing class might be directly tied to what you do during the first week of school, and it might not have much to do with who's assigned to your classroom roster!

Consider this: When you know how to unlock the amazing potential in every student, magic happens in the classroom!

I know from personal experience that what teachers say and do during the first week of school sets the tone for the rest of the year. Unfortunately, it took me YEARS to figure out how to launch a great school year, and it wasn't always easy. I knew it was essential to get the school year off to a great start from day one, but I had so many unanswered questions about the right way to accomplish this. How can we find the right balance between being friendly and setting clear expectations? Should we seat our students in rows or in cooperative learning teams on the first day of school? Is it true that we shouldn’t crack a smile until Christmas?

After years of trying different strategies during the first week of school, I finally nailed down a system that really works. In the process, I discovered that it's actually a lot easier than you might imagine to create a caring classroom of students who are motivated and excited about school!

A few years ago I wrote Back to School Super Start to share these strategies, and the book is jam-packed with lessons, printables, and other goodies that will make your first weeks of school a snap! However, I know that busy teachers may not have time to read pages of written directions and spend hours trying to figure out how to implement the strategies.

That's why developed my webinar, How to Launch a Super School Year! I wanted to be able to share my secrets of success with others to help them avoid the problems I experienced. This webinar is fast-paced and packed with practical strategies and inspiration to help you launch your best school year ever! I dive into what it means to have a "dream class," and I share specific strategies you can implement during the first week to make that dream a reality.

What You'll Learn
To find out what you can expect from this session, download the free webinar handouts for How to Launch a Super School Year. During the webinar, you’ll….
  • Explore the three phases of a successful school year launch 
  • Identify the characteristics of YOUR dream class and learn how to make this a reality 
  • Learn how creating a classroom handbook now can save you hours of time later 
  • Discover easy-to-use classroom management techniques, including how to choose and use an effective quiet signal
  • Learn how to align your classroom management methods with your own core beliefs about teaching and learning
  • Discover ways to plan ahead for cooperative learning and how to teach social skills to your students   
  • Find out what to do on the first day of school to ensure you have the best class ever! 
  • Discover loads of ice breakers, name games, and other strategies for getting to know your students
  • Find out how to get started with academic content in reading, math, spelling, writing, science, and social studies

Next Live Webinar: July 25, 2017 at 8 pm ET    Click here to register
My next live presentation of this webinar will take place on July 25th at 8 pm ET. A free replay will be available for 48 hours following the webinar for those who register. Just click over to the How to Launch a Super School Year sign up page and register for this session. The free webinar does not include a professional development certificate, but one is available in my How to Launch a Super School Year Webinar Pack, either alone or in one of the two bundles below. All of these items can be found in the Back to School category of my TpT store.

Motivating Kids to Reach for the Stars
I hope you'll be able to join me for my next live presentation of How to Launch a Super School Year. The time will fly by, and you'll walk away with engaging yet practical strategies that will really make a difference this year. Best of all, these strategies will motivate your students to believe in themselves so they'll want to reach for the stars this year!

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