Start the School Year Strong

It's August, which for many of us means that it's time to start thinking about the start of the school year. With a new group of youth in your classroom or program, it’s important to establish rules and routines from the start to make the year run as smoothly as possible.

“When kids know what to expect, they’re more likely to follow the rules,” writes Jolene Roehlkepartain, author of Spark Student Motivation: 101 Easy Activities for Cooperative Learning. “Yet, too often rules are unspoken, complex, or they don’t have the buy-in from the kids.”

“By talking about rules and routines (and creating them with your kids) in the first few days—or weeks—that your group meets, your group members will learn how to behave appropriately so that everyone can make progress and have fun in the process.”

Here is an activity from Spark Student Motivation to help you start the school or program year on the right foot by working with your youth to establish an important rule—what signal you will use to let them know it’s time to quiet down and pay attention.

The Quiet Signal

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Publish Date: 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

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