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Crucial Topics that GOTAGS Addresses

With over 100 pages of valuable information; vital activities; personal advice; data-driven research, and downloadable templates, graphic organizers, and forms teachers can use year after year, GOTAGS is a teacher’s survival guide. Below are the main topics that the workbook addresses, which have been designed to help any teacher start the school year off with the best classroom management plan possible.

Setting the Stage

  1. Surviving the First Days of School
  2. Preparing Your Classroom
  3. Planning, Analyzing, and Modifying Your Room Arrangement
    1. Focusing on “visibility, accessibility, distractibility, and flexibility”

Identifying and Addressing the 4 Main Student Anxieties

  1. Addressing Student Anxiety about the Teacher
    1. Getting to Know Your Students While They’re Getting to Know Their Teacher
  2. Addressing Student Anxiety about "Doing School"
    1. Rules, Procedures, and Goals – Distinguishing, Developing, and Defining Each
    2. Teaching and Reinforcing Classroom Rules, Procedures, and Goals
  3. Addressing Student Anxiety about Grades
    1. Building Expectations of Success with Initial Academics
    2. Encouraging Student Accountability for Academic Work
    3. Clarifying Students’ Understanding of Assignments
    4. Making Visible Your Grading Expectations
  4. Addressing Student Anxiety about Physical and Emotional Safety
    1. Creating a Positive Classroom Community
    2. Helping Students Learn About One Another

School-Home Communication

  1. Communicating with Parents
  2. Using a "Help Me Know Your Child" Form
  3. Laying the Groundwork for Appropriate Parental Involvement
  4. Making an Initial Proactive Telephone Contact

How to Use

You will work through 20+ varied activities as you go through the text, culminating with a defined classroom management philosophy and a complete "ready to teach" plan filled out and prepared for your first days of the new school year. And for those teachers with only the tiniest amount of time to spare to prepare, there’s even a Suggested Outline for the First Day(s), a list of Generic First-day Management Tips, and a video series to complement and guide you through the workbook.

So grab your copy of GOTAGS today, and prepare for the best year of your teaching career!