Knowing that I was not going to accomplish everything with my students that I intended, I quickly prioritized about an hour into day one. My goal for these first two days was to build a team in my classroom. I always refer to us as a team in room 20. Some teachers say a community of learners, classroom community, or something similar. I prefer to refer to my kids as a team. Teammates help each other strive to be their best. They encourage each other, learn from each other, and progress together. I, as their head coach, guide them through this process. So, in prioritizing what I wanted to do during the first couple days of school, I quickly decided to include accountable talk discussion practice (many times) and a fun team-building activity that I found on Pinterest.
| Team tin foil creations: The process was definitely|
more valuable than the products in this case!