Once, a boy was told by his brother that he needed to be in my class because "Mrs. Sequeira gets us!" The funny thing about it is, he was correct. I did get them. Even though they had very different needs, I was able to help them to have a successful year.
This was not always the case, and I had a lot of lessons to learn along the way. Parenting helped and I used many strategies from home in my classroom. Watching and learning from master teachers also helped.
I discovered that if I spent the first few weeks focusing on self-esteem and how valuable each of us is, that sets the tone for the rest of the year. I also found that focusing on the positive instead of the negative and beginning each day as a fresh start worked well. These are some of the posters that I used as a focus in my room.
Some of the rules were modified a bit to better fit my class. Rule 1 has the words "and correctly" added. Rule 3 is completely different because I didn't require hands raised to leave seats. I have included the original versions as well.
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