What are the basics?

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  1. whollyconsumed

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    I pretty much have a day to ready my room before my third graders? What are the basic must haves?
     
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  3. agdamity

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    Arrange desks
    Clear boxes/ trash-- if you can't clear all boxes, stack them neatly in a corner out of the way
    Bulletin board background (if you have time)
     
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    Desks and location of necessities (i.e. paper, books, scissors, etc.)

    You can cutesify your room as you go.
     
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    Have a plan for your library. How will the students get books? How will they be organized etc.
     
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    I agree, and I'll add...

    Group arrangement....if you know you'll have to teach in groups--otherwise leave this one for later! :)
    Your desk arrangement.
    Procedures.
    Rules.
    Schedule.

    Leave the walls blank and tell the students to think of the walls like a blank painter's canvas! You're going to decorate as you go throughout the year!
     
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    Routines, routines, routines. What is your procedure for the bathroom? sharpening pencils? When you have a question? Group procedures? Homework procedure? Lining up procedure?
    Where are your supplies--paper etc.? What are your procedures to get supplies? (i.e. do you have someone assigned to bring them over to the group?)

    Also, give them enough time to organize their supplies in their desk or where you feel they need to have them. Show them how
    you might want it to be organized. Example--label one folder "Reading", "Science" etc.

    When I taught 3rd grade, the one thing I learned is not to talk too much on the first day. (I learned it the hard way). Have them practice how the procedures that are important to you after you model each one for them.

    Have an ice breaker that is simple and well structured so they can get to know each other.

    Most important be patient, and take the time you need for each activity. What you don't finish can always wait until Tuesday.

    Enjoy, I loved teaching 3rd grade. It is a great grade to teach.
     
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    If time doesn't permit to do the bulletin boards, don't worry. Just put up a handmade sign that says "Coming Soon! -- Outstanding Student Work." It lets people know that you aren't going to leave it blank, but that it just isn't time yet to put things on it.
     
  9. whollyconsumed

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    Thanks everyone for the input! I did manage to sneak in this afternoon for two hours on top of my day. With teaching you know there is always one more thing.
     
  10. YoungTeacherGuy

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    This is such a cute (and terrific) idea!!! :thumb:
     

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