Oh, January. How I dislike you. Not only is it the coldest month of the year where I live, but it’s also the toughest for me as a teacher. It’s hard for me to get back into the routines of teaching and grad school after the break, and my kiddos are usually a little off the wall for a while after we come back. I have to miss a few days each January for ACCESS testing and a Kindergarten literacy test, so my kids have a substitute teacher while I’m gone. All this leads to a lot of chaos, which I hate!
This year I’ve really been slowing down and trying to re-teach the routines like I did at the beginning of the year. I have a tough class, so I’ve been taking things reeeeeeaaal slowly. On the first day back, I focused on reteaching basic routines, and each day since, for each part of the day, I’ve had a focus objective that I wanted the students to work on. (For example, the first day back during our readaloud and comprehension mini-lesson, I JUST focused on appropriate behavior and hand-raising during readalouds. The next day, I re-taught how to share with a partner. And so on.) I feel like I still have so much to teach my kiddos by May, but hopefully this time will be well-spent and it will help my patience last a little longer than it usually does! 🙂
Do you re-teach procedures in-depth at the beginning of the new year? If so, do you find it helpful?