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A Guide to the Start of the School Year

By Dave Stuart Jr.

Ah! It’s almost August! The kids are coming! The kids are coming! Soon I won’t be able to have a pint with my lunch!

This post has one purpose: Getting you to take a deep breath and collect some solace in the fact that your teacher friend Dave has a few years’ worth of articles and resources developed to combat the start of school year overwhelm. You don't have time to completely re-invent the wheel!


This might help, too. Priced affordably and full of good stuff. Purchase it here.

The way we think is the way we'll teach, so start with these

Activities for the first days of school

Let’s get practical now.

In my next posts, I'll share my thoughts on classroom management — a big, important topic for teachers new and old.

6 Responses to A Guide to the Start of the School Year

  1. NG July 27, 2016 at 3:43 pm #

    After having taught community college comp for ten years, I have to say that your program is the first that 1)Makes sense to me 2)Addresses my own teaching deficiencies 3) and motivates me. I’m building (as I’m teaching) a freshman integrated skills course and your course and materials have been very helpful. Quick Question: In order to increase engagement, I am teaching a podcast as a text (while showing transcripts on the projector so they can listen/read it). It’s upped engagement quite a bit, but I’m struggling to find ways to model the listening/reading/comprehension parts (like with your 9 moves, for example). What do you think of using podcasts in ELA classes?

    • davestuartjr July 28, 2016 at 8:59 am #

      NG, this is so encouraging to read — thank you very much. Making sense, promoting self-critique, and motivating — these are good outcomes of this little blog of mine.

      In terms of podcast as text, you’re further ahead than me. I think it’s a fascinating idea, I just haven’t embarked on it yet. Nowadays there are some truly wonderful podcasts that I think merit study — I want to encourage you in doing that work.

  2. Jenny Forester July 28, 2016 at 8:07 pm #

    Hi Dave,
    I bought several items and are loving them – thank you! One of the items purchased was the Mechanics of Grammar Instruction. Is there a key with that?

    • davestuartjr July 28, 2016 at 8:16 pm #

      There is, Jenny — you’ll find it at the end of the book. I am sorry that it’s not listed in the Table of Contents. But stay tuned! Good news is coming to all folks who have purchased Mechanics Instruction that Sticks soon.

      • Lorna Kapanke August 13, 2016 at 5:56 pm #

        Oh, do tell, Dave! What could make Mechanics Instruction that Sticks better!?! Of the new “stuff” I implemented last year, that was my absolute favorite. You’ve got me thinking about the possibilities now!

        • davestuartjr December 19, 2018 at 3:46 pm #

          It was a year later than I wanted, Lorna, but it was the 3.0 version of MITS — with assessments. I hope it helped!

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