Not sure how to introduce class culture on day one? Instead of handing out a list of classroom rules and a text heavy syllabus, get students sharing ideas with each other using the discourse routine, Silent Graffiti.

  • Post themes or essential questions on chart paper for students to silently read and then write their thoughts for other students to read.

 

  • Use a series of images that represent the big content units for the year and have students write what they think the class will be about.

 

  • Whatever you do, get them walking around and create the culture of sharing ideas right from the start.

 

 

Leah Werner-Evans and Jenni Mayberry from CHAH are using Silent Graffiti to review classroom rules and expectations.

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TYWLS Harlem teacher Emily Wylie plans on using Silent Graffiti to introduce quotes about bravery, kindness, open-mindedness, friendship and new experiences.

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