Getting Off to a Good Start (GOTAGS) is designed for easy access and application of proven techniques and principles. As the teacher reads through the manual, he or she completes the twenty-plus activities and reflections along the way. The text culminates with the development of a personalized plan for the teacher’s own classroom for those first days of school. The book includes access to downloadable planning templates that can used year after year.
With over 100 pages of valuable information, vital activities, personal advice, data-driven research, downloadable templates, graphic organizers, and forms for annual usage, GOTAGS is more than just a teacher’s survival guide. Learn more about GOTAGS
“GOTAGS has the potential to take all teachers—new and veteran—to a higher level of excellence in impacting their students’ learning and positive growth.”
GOTAGS is based on…
Explore the Getting Off to a Good Start three-part synopsis below.
In the eight screencast segments, teachers alternate between viewing brief presentations of animated slides with a voice-over and engage in activities that build toward a detailed, proactive plan to begin the school year. Time and cost effective, the screencast provides ultimate flexibility for teachers’ preparations. Learn more about the screencast
The GOTAGS screencast use provides a very desirable cost/benefit ratio of teacher time required and teacher/school results. See Segment #3 as an example.
A teacher can complete the program in 9 to 12 hours of his or her own choosing before the school year begins, then applying the results on the first day of school.
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With no school-calendar in-service day required and no consultant’s fee, the GOTAGS Screencast saves time and money. Other benefits include the following:
Screencast videos access is available both to individual teachers with the book-plus-screencast purchase and to a school system purchasing 10 or more books for teachers. In either case, a teacher with a GOTAGS book receives two years of free and unlimited screencast video access.
Individual purchasers receive an access code with their books. Schools designate a screencast administrator who adds teacher accounts that allow teacher access.
Teachers may use the screencast resource from any computer with an internet connection.
Each teacher with a book has two years of access to the screencast. This allows a teacher to revisit the screencast over winter break and review GOTAGS to help the second semester get off to a good start, and to review again for the coming year.