A POWERPOINT PRESENTATION BY
MARY ANNE LAPENNA
OUR CHILDREN ARE…
*Humanity’s most precious resource because they are
*Sadly, they are an endangered species because:
1. The dropout rate is extremely high!
2. Each night more than 100,000 children are homeless, and
this does not include run away from home or have been
kicked out of the house.
3. The intact family, of responsible parents who teach
values, seldom exists.
4. The business world knows that the next generation of
workers will not be as qualified as this generation.
5. Children are caught in many cultural and social problems:
drugs, permissiveness, poverty, teen pregnancy, broken
homes, and falling academic standards.
6. Whereas each generation has had a better life than each
past generation, the next generation could quite possibly
be the first generation to be worse off than the previous
We NEED leader teachers,
professional educators who will begin
this revitalization of our culture and
We may be the only stable adult in
We may be the only people able to
pass culture onto them…
We may be their only hope, the only
ones who dream of a brighter
tomorrow for them…
Harry Wong has been in the field of
education for 35 years.
Wrote the #1 best selling book for
“How To Be An Effective Teacher”
THE FIRST DAYS OF SCHOOL
THE FIRST DAYS ARE
What you do on the first days of
school will determine your success for
the rest of the year.
You will either win or lose, so what
you do on that very first day will be
an accurate indicator of your success
as a teacher.
Got the point?
Very few teachers receive any
information on what to do the first
day of school.
Very few teachers get any experience
or training during student teaching on
what to do the first day of school.
Have no fear… We have a few ideas!
THE EFFECTIVE TEACHER
Establishes good control of the class in
the very first week of school.
Remember: Control does not involve
threats or intimidation, but control
means you know:
1. What you are doing
2. Your classroom procedures
3. Your professional responsibilities
4. Your students know that you know what
you are doing!
ON THE FIRST DAY…
A successful teacher is ready – The
teacher has a warm, positive attitude and
has positive expectations that all students
The work is ready – The desks, books,
papers, assignments and materials are
ready when the bell rings.
The room is ready – The classroom has a
positive climate that is work oriented!
HINTS FOR THE FIRST DAY OF
Start with assigning each student to a
Have an assignment on the board BEFORE
the kids walk in:
For example: “Last night I was sleeping, a
light beamed through the window. Then…
please complete the rest of the story.”
*Note: Have an assignment posted in the
same location everyday!
Were the first to show the
importance of classroom management
at the beginning of the school year.
*Note: When a classroom is ready,
you can prevent many misbehaviors
WHAT IS CLASSROOM
Classroom management refers to all of
the things that a teacher does to
organize students, space, time, and
materials so that instruction, content
and student learning can take place!
HINTS TO MANAGE A
1. Clearly must define procedures and routines
2. Effective teachers TEACH procedures and
(rehearse them after!)
3. Develop a signal to let students know it is time
to begin and stay on a lesson
(i.e. flashing a bell, raising your hand, etc).
*Note: Research shows that effective teachers
spend most of the first week teaching students
to follow class procedures.
CHARACTERISTICS OF A WELL
Students know what is expected of them
and are generally successful!
There is relatively little wasted time,
confusion or disruption.
The climate of the classroom is work-
oriented, but relaxed and pleasant.
Students are deeply involved with their
work, especially with academic, teacher-led
A well managed classroom is a predictable
environment where both teacher and
students know what is supposed to happen
in the classroom.
If you manage a classroom you do not
discipline a classroom!
“Power comes when you make life
predictable for people.”
-Howard H. Stevenson
BEFORE YOU INTRODUCE YOUR
RULES, CHECK TO SEE THAT YOU
DID THE FOLLOWING:
You have carefully planned for what you
want to accomplish.
You have written the rules to help you
accomplish these goals.
You have posted the rules, along with the
consequences and rewards.
You have welcomed the class, introduced
yourself, and taken care of administrative
1. Classroom rules should be posted for
the first day of school, with a copy
ready for distribution to each student.
2. Rather than spend too much time with
the whole class in forming rules, it may
be better to involve the class in
discussing matters such as:
-Why rules are needed
-Why a particular rule will help students
-Specific examples of general rules, such
as, “What does it mean to respect
EFFECTIVE TEACHERS ALSO HAVE
AN INVITING PERSONALITY:
“Good morning” “Keep out”
“Congratulations!” “It won’t work”
“I appreciate your “Not bad for a girl.”
help!” “I don’t care what
“Tell me about it.” you do.”
“How can I help you?” “You can’t do that.”
“Yes” “Because I said so,
THE THREE CHARACTERISTICS
OF AN EFFECTIVE TEACHER…
Has positive expectations for students success.
Is an extremely good classroom manager.
Knows how to design lessons for student mastery.
*Note: none of these characteristics have anything to do with
grade level or subject taught. These characteristics are
TO BE A MORE
WORK in a collegial manner with your
ASSOCIATE with and learn from positive
JOIN a professional organization.
CONTINUE TO LEARN through classes,
workshops, conferences, in service
meetings, books, journals, advanced
HERE’S THE BIGGEST
SECRET TO TEACHING
It’s really called research and learning,
but you walk into the classrooms of
effective teachers, look around, and
if you see something that you think
might help you, you say,
“Gimme, gimme, gimme.”
WE WOULD LIKE TO
WE HOPE YOU ENJOY!
Parents and teachers
are the two most
important people on the
face of this Earth.
The only factor that can
achievement was the
significance of a teacher.
The beginning is the
most important part of
There is no way to
create good schools
without good teachers
Classrooms should run
like well researched
Life is not a destination.
Life is a journey.
As long as you continue the
You will always be a
When you look at truly
effective teachers, you
will also find caring,
warm, lovable people.
Love is life…
And if you miss love,
you miss life.
Love is the reason for
One hundred years from now it
will not matter what kind of a
car I drove, what kind of a
house I lived in, how much I had
in the bank account, or what my
clothes looked like.
But the world will be a better
place because I was important in
the life of a child.
The three AREs:
Teachers ARE important!
Teachers ARE influential!
Teachers ARE able to
make a difference!
Love what you teach, and
love whom you teach!
The two worst things a
parent can give a young
person are money and
The two most important
things a parent can give a
child are roots and wings!
If you touch a rock, you
touch the past. If you
touch a flower, you touch
If you touch a child, you
touch the future.
HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!