With five weeks of school under our belts, things are pretty smooth. We all have found our routines and know what to expect, and our students are no different. They’ve got their routines and there is a rhythm to their day. While those rhythms and routines are signs of a healthy school culture, it’s important we also recognize how easy it is to get complacent.
When in comfortable routines, it’s easy to coast and our awareness of some key things slips. This is the time of the year we have to refocus on being consistent, and the best way to do that is to just be aware.
Take a few moments and consider how consistent you’ve been with daily/weekly responsibilities:
- Do you get to school on time each day?
- Do you regularly check morning attendance and dress code?
- Do you post detailed lesson plans on RenWeb by 8:00 every Monday morning?
- Do you post grades on RenWeb within 72 hours of assignment (or communicating with students/parents when to expect grades to be updated)?
- Do you attend chapel daily and sit with your class?
- Do you report to assigned duties on time?
- Do you submit leave requests, transportation requests, and facilities requests in a timely manner?
- Do you hold students accountable to handbook guidelines 10 days out of 10?
- Do you sign planners when students need a hall pass or are tardy to class?
- Do you attend required meetings (faculty, grade-level, department, PLC, etc.)?
- Do you turn in your lunch detention sheet on-time as needed?
What about in your classroom?
- Do you hold students accountable to our absence and make-up work standards
- Do you maximize your instructional time and teach bell-to-bell?
- Do you find ways to differentiate instruction?
- Do you find ways for students to use technology in class?
- Do you have a regular routine in class (i.e., bell ringers or exit tickets)?
How’d you do? If you answered no to any of the questions above, make that a focus today and next week. Being aware of any inconsistencies may be all it takes to get back on track and keep going strong. I promise, it will make our school culture better and our students will definitely notice our efforts.
Thanks for making the first five weeks of school so great! Let’s keep going strong.