Back to School - Setting the Tone

Posted by Jason David on August 12, 2019

As LA area schools go back to school, we want to feature the new "Back to School Toolkit" from Facing History. Each day this week, we will showcase one part of the toolkit.

The first days of school are so important for setting the tone of the class.  How do you signal to students that you are interested in being in partnership with them?

Student-teacher relationships form the core of a classroom learning community. In the first days and first activities, the teacher is conveying that each student is seen as an individual, that this year will be a unique experience for this group of students - not a repeat of prior years.  

The first lesson in the Back-to-School Toolkit is around getting to know each other.  This lesson uses identity charts, setting up a journal practice for your classroom, and exploring the tension of hyphenated identity with the reading "Orientation Day."

A few additional readings I like incorporating around identity depending on the age of my students are:


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