Knowing the proportion of lecture : discussion : lab activity is my first step. With the curriculum and frameworks before me, I establish an essential question for each unit and then lay out the files that approach that essential question, looking for the variety of means for reaching my students. (I use the Grant-Wiggins Understanding by Design approach to designing lessons, but that is another post.)
Overall, I have great students who will be respectful when they understand what "respectful" looks like.
"To control and sort young people for the sake of institutional efficiency is to crush the human spirit." ~ Ron Miller
I gave up on control in classrooms years ago, control is illusionary. Now I strive to make chaos look real good. ~ David Marcus Title
"Chaos is really good for art, and sometimes friction causes chaos. But chaos is really the catalyst. I really think that chaos is like gas. It's like energy." ~ Neil YoungI hope I find the time to post what happens on the first day back to school, but in case I don't here is a reflection from another teacher, Michael Doyle.