The beginning of the year is when we set up how the rest of the year will be for the classroom. I spend much of my time putting rules in place, practicing procedures, and showing the students the road map to success in my room. The rules, though, are a big part of what takes up the first week.
Many teachers, myself included, have a general idea of how they want the classroom run. I take that first week of school and guide my students toward that idea. With that, are our 5 main "umbrella" rules that I help the students understand and use. Come on over to my blog to see how I do that, how we establish the classroom rules, and how I help the students to internalize them. Then, pick up some of the materials that I use to accomplish this, including a little booklet the kids make showing examples and non-examples of the rules themselves! See you at Teaching in Room 6!