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Middle School: Supporting the Learning Community

Clip 3/10: Day 9: Establishing and reinforcing expectations for beginning class


Supporting the Learning Community: In the beginning of the year, Patty Ferrant challenges her middle school students to prepare themselves for the day, including ensuring that their partner is ready for learning that day. She make sure she connects with individual students, reassuring them that this is “just the way the class rolls, so deal with it.”


How do you require that students assume responsibility for preparing themselves for class?