Preparing for the First Day of School

Standards

A standard is a developmental goal.  Academic standards are what students are expected to know and be able to do by certain grade levels.  There are voluntary national standards for various subjects created by professional groups within each field.  National standards are an effort to provide an equal framework for all.  Most states within the

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Curriculum

If standards are the goal then curriculum is the plan to achieve that goal.  The curriculum may be general or specific about what and how to teach a subject.  It may include learning objectives, materials, lesson plans, and assessment. Some districts may require strict adherence to the curriculum.  Other school districts may be more flexible. 

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Expectations

Be clear about what you expect from your students.  Classroom expectations should answer the question ‘What do I need to do in order to be successful in this classroom?‘  Without clear expectations,  one runs the risk of a situation filled with chaos, anxiety,  and/or frustration for all.  A successful leader clearly communicates his/her expectations.  Keep classroom expectations

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