“The first minute, when students cross the threshold into the classroom, you must remind them of the expectations. It’s the critical time to establish rapport, set the tone, and reinforce the first steps in a routine that makes excellence habitual.”
KEY IDEA: The most important moment to set expectations in your classroom is the minute when your classroom students enter.
The key to Threshold:
· Find a way to greet your students by standing in the physical threshold of the classroom.
· Use the greeting to engage students briefly and build rapport.
· You can set the stage for Do Now (technique #29)
Threshold should accomplish two things:
· Establish a personal connections between you and your students
· Reinforce your classroom expectations.
From Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemove (Jossey Bass, 2010)