First Day – Year 3

I couldn’t sleep last night and was super nervous today.  It was all good! I was just anxious to see my students on the first day of the 2016-17 school year.  I know that how you start the year is crucial.  So many thoughts were running through my mind about how I want to structure the lessons.  Mainly, how can it make it engaging and educational?

I am still teaching 7th and 8th grade reading (two classes of each).  This year will be my best ever!  I started each class today with students setting goals for the year.  I asked them to journal the following:  “The three positive things I expect to happen this year are________________.”  In just a few moments they were all able to easily list three things.

The majority of the responses were, I will:

  • listen and pay attention in class
  • make new friends
  • get better grades
  • respect my teacher
  • get sleep at night
  • come to school on time
  • promote to 9th grade
  • do better on tests

It was refreshing to have so many students acknowledge what they positively needed to happen to have a successful year.  The best part is – I did not have to TELL them – they TOLD me!

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My nerves have calmed down and I am looking forward to DAY 2 – tomorrow.

 

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Author: Davina "Dee" Lyons

Davina Lyons is a Middle School English Language Arts Teacher who is passionate about teaching, and inspiring others to create the personal and financial success they desire and deserve! Her mission is to inspire others to #THRIVE! In addition to teaching Middle School, she is a Le-Vel Brand Promoter. You are invited to learn more about "The Thrive Experience" by checking out her website www.davinalyons.le-vel.com or visiting the Le-vel Facebook fanpage www.Facebook.com/levelbrands Remember to THRIVE!

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