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Master the 3 + 3 = 33 equation for successful opening days at school-at any grade level!
Research shows that time invested during the first three weeks of school to teach Routines, Rubrics, and Rules-the three R's-leads to higher student achievement throughout the remaining 33 weeks of school, or 3 + 3 = 33.
This wonderfully practical and effective new book from bestselling author Elaine McEwan will help any teacher through those critical weeks and show how truly "with-it" teachers (WITs) can manage more easily the three critical facets of every teacher's day: classroom management and organization, student engagement, and time management.
Loaded with specifics, WITs from K-12 classrooms share their personal routines, rubrics and rules to help you survive and thrive in those first three weeks of school, including
Designing and organizing your classroom to support learning
Teaching routines, rubrics, and rules to maximize learning time
Creating organizational, academic, and social routines
Choosing rules and rewards to build character and motivation
Using the "With-It" teacher list, including attention-getters, noise-breakers, timesavers, routines, and homework helpers
With the power of 3 + 3 = 33-and the secrets of WITs-you can chart a sure-footed course for those all-important first weeks of school, and help guide your students successfully through the school year!
How to Survive and Thrive in the First Three Weeks of School is based on a big idea represented by the numerym equation 3=33the educational version of winning a game, match, or race during the initial minutes of competition. The author refers to educators who implement the concept of 3=33 with-it-teachers or WITs. The goal of the book is to provide all teachers with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to become WITs. It attempts to offer additional ways to experience with-it-ness and the unique opportunity to learn from dozens of WITs at every level who shares their own personal routines, rubrics, and rules toward the goal of helping others become a WIT.
The book features a tremendous amount of pedagogy, including:
- Photos of teachers and students
- Sidebar quotes and resources
- Voices of new teachers
- Checklists and tables
A resource designed for all grade levels, this handbook focuses on the first three weeks of schoolsthe most challenging days for every new teacher.
How to Survive and Thrive in the First Three Weeks of School provides teachers at all levels with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to start the year off right and succeed over the long term. The book is based on the concept of 3+3=33, or routines, rubrics, and rules (the 3Rs) taught and mastered over the first three weeks of the school year, resulting in a successful remainder of the school year (33 weeks).
Teachers who consistently implement the 3+3=33 model are referred to as WITs, or with-it-teachers, who consistently manage three critical facets of classroom life: the management and organization of the classroom, the engagement of students, and the management of time. Dozens of with-it-teachers share their own personal routines, rubrics, rules, advice, reflections, wall and bulletin board set-ups, posters, checklists, tables, and other resources.
Frequently asked questions from both new teachers and veteran teachers are included along with with-it-teacher roundtable discussions and a WIT List containing over two hundred time-savers, noise-breakers, attention-getters, silent signals, and homework helpers.
Best-selling author Elaine McEwan demonstrates how teaching routines, rubrics, and rules during the first three weeks of school leads to higher achievement through the rest of the year