November 26, 2003
Students often forget to bring their books to class (and to follow other basic classroom rules). Here’s how we solve the problem at my school. We 'reteach' the expectation on the student's time. In the case of forgotten books, students who did not bring the novel to class would have to come in on their own time (before or after school, during their lunch, etc.) and 'practice' coming into the room with a novel. It may sound silly or elementary, but students don't like the inconvenience or losing their free time, and the problem disappears quite quickly. For those who think the teacher will soon forget to 'reteach,' a second or third lesson may be necessary, but consistency on the teacher's part will take care of the doubters too!