What do you consider a successful first week?

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  1. KCTeach

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    I'd like thoughts from kindergarten teachers on what they would consider a successful first week. Thanks!
     
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    Learn kids names
    Teach procedures (which will need ongoing reinforcement for a while!)
    Establish class rules
    Practice walking in hallway, fire drill
    Take a 'school tour'
    Get thru back to school paperwork :eek:
     
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    As a mom, my kids had a successful first week of kindergarten if they:
    - got to the bathroom when they needed to
    - had time to eat lunch
    - were on the right bus coming home
    - looked forward to returning

    Everything else was gravy.

    For me, a successful first week is one where I leave optimistic about the year. All the stuff will get done.
     
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    No one runs out of the room/off the playground
    Everyone goes home correctly
    No one has an accident
    Students begin to get the general routines
    Get most of the paperwork completed (and I don't have to worry about it!)
    Kids seem to come in prepared/rested/cared for
     
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    Not losing any students! ;) (a teacher had a student she realized was missing one year-turns out she decided she was hungry and was in the cafeteria)

    Seriously though-if you get to a point where you can start teaching content and they are listening. Where you are not going home quite as exhausted every day. :thumb:
     
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    Like the other posters have stated, I am also happy if nobody gets lost or hurt, everybody gets on the right bus, and everybody gets lunch. That is a successful week for me.

    We do work on procedures all week and I am happy if I start seeing results by the end of the week, but I know that procedures and routines will take time.

    I really don'ty have any academic goals for week 1.
     
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    Everyone stays together, nobody gets hurt or cuts hair, all eat lunch, and everyone eventually gets home safely! Every few years we have at least one kinder kid who either gets on the wrong bus or gets returned to school because nobody was at the stop waiting on him.:)
     
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    :agreed:
    I don't hold myself responsible for any "real" lesson plans the first week or last week of school. I agree...I don't delve into our academic stuff until week one is OVER! By that point hopefully the crying is over...:blush:
     
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    Hang in there! K is tough in the beginning! I don't think I get into real stuff until about October. Everything is names and procedures and getting places safely!
     
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    Totally agree with mrsammieb. To me, I don't start loving teaching K until October. Things just seem to fall into place easily around then.
     
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    It seem like in October, the ones that really are going to need more TLC service to the top because they just don't quite get it!
     
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    Everyone gets to where they need to be, i.e. specials, lunch, recess, & they all come back!

    Everyone is picked up on time

    No major accidents, bathroom or otherwise

    Everyone is excited to come back to school!
     
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    :lol: I love these responses!! We just started our second week and I can totally relate to all the above. Had a great start!! I know all my kids names, no one bled, no one got lost, and I got two notes from parents saying how eager their children were to come back on Monday! :wub:
     
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    I havent taught K in 5 years... before I did my stint in 5th, I taught K, 2 and Pre K... but I seem to forget how the first days go!

    Thank you for these responses! :) The sad part is, our school is brand new (we just got in for the first time today) and we're gonna be as lost as the kids on the first day :)
     
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    I agree with all the previous posters...especially the comments about no one getting hurt or lost. I feel really accomplished if by Friday, the crying has subsided. :)
     
  17. MzMooreTeaches

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    *Get thru paperwork (students, teachers)
    *Establishing rules and routines
    *Transportation of students going smoothly.
    (no tears is a nice incentive)
    *Squeezing in a few lessons on classroom work
    *Transitions throughout the day going well...
    *Whew and the students who have behavior concerns we work through them together.

    Most importantly despite my strictness on rules and routines hearing that they love school or I'm the best teacher ever! That definetly helps boost my ego some!
     

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