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The First Six Weeks of School (Strategies for Teachers) Paperback – May 1, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-1892989048 ISBN-10: 1892989042 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Strategies for Teachers
  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Northeast Foundation for Children; 1st edition (May 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892989042
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892989048
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The example schedules, activities, and games make The First Six Weeks of School a one-stop shopping trip for a whole day of meaningful, age-appropriate activities. --Kelly Trottier, 5th grade teacher

"Top-Notch Book" -- New Teacher magazine, Spring 2001

About the Author

Paula Denton has worked at Northeast Foundation for Children for sixteen years as a classroom teacher and nationally certified consulting teacher. Roxanne Kriete currently directs the Northeast Foundation for Children where she has worked for the past seventeen years. She has taught in classrooms from grades five through high school.

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I think this book would be helpful for both a new and experienced teacher!
J. Kovacevich
I have been teaching for 5 years at every level K-3 and have used this book for the first 6 weeks every year!
Kristen Murphy
This guidebook is guaranteed to help you create a classroom that fosters a sense of community and respect.
J. Sheldon

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134 of 135 people found the following review helpful By Margaret M. Stroili on August 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
First year teachers and experienced teachers alike will gain valuable skills from this richly detailed book. Denton and Kriete provide explict plans for the first six weeks of school which are guaranteed to build a sense of community within any classroom. Activities including games and writing help students become familiar with each other and develop a sense of trust, caring and respect. The book offers teachers a wide variety of games to play with children of all ages. This is a great book for all teachers who wish to start the year on a great note!
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 22, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is essential for new teachers like myself, who have no idea where to start when planning a new school year. It provides daily lesson outlines for the first 6 weeks of school. As well as the reasoning behind the authors'philosophies. I have learned how to structure my day to cullivate a community of learners. In turn I have faith that my first year will be successful, less stressful, and more productive than I had imagined. This is a great book for any teacher who wants to increase structure and promote community within the classroom
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Lane Young on July 14, 2006
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I bought this book based on the positive reviews here and was deeply rewarded. This book lays out a clear method and philosophy towards building a caring and safe classroom. The book offers separate parts for the K-2, 3-4, and 5-6 self contained classroom. What was most remarkable to me about this book was the way it struck a balance between being a teaching "cookbook" and a straight book of philosophy. Definitely recommended for any new or even experienced educator in a self contained elementary school classroom.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on June 17, 2007
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My first experience teaching on my own was to be thrown into a classroom on the fourth day of school as a long-term substitute. No time to plan. No materials. Bare walls. Not even any text books for the first 2+ weeks. I ordered this book overnight delivery. I cannot even imagine what I would have done without it. It saved my bacon. The strenght of this book is that it does not speak in generalities, leaving big gaps in how to implement its ideas, which the reader is expected to fill in with her own experience and know-how (of which I had none). Rather, I could literally go into my classroom with little in-class experience and virtually no materials and do a creditable job teaching.
If you are a teacher with an old-school aproach (grade on a curve, essentialist philosophy), you would not find this book useful. This book is more appealing to teachers wanting to create a community of learners, and who have constuctivist leanings.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. Sheldon on September 24, 2006
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This book is a great resource for first year and veteran teachers. Denton and Kriete provide explicit details so that educators can learn how to structure the first six weeks of school in a way that lays the groundwork for a productive year of learning. This guidebook is guaranteed to help you create a classroom that fosters a sense of community and respect. This book offers teachers an extensive variety of games, activities, greetings, read-alouds, and resources to do so. This is definitely a great way to get a school year started in a positive, productive way!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By T. Martin on January 5, 2007
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What a difference it makes when we first learn how to get along - and then begin learning in the content areas.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kristen Murphy on August 18, 2007
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I have been teaching for 5 years at every level K-3 and have used this book for the first 6 weeks every year! Contains great team building activities for different ages and different times of the school year. I love it love it love it!!!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By P. A. Hall on August 20, 2005
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The First Six Weeks of School is an excellent book for both beginning and seasoned elementary teachers. It always helps to reflect on the why of some of your teaching practices and helps you to see how you might more effectively begin the school year. Easy reading, good information!
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