We were walking down the hall when Jenny, a fourth-grade teacher, came bustling out of her room hunting for a chair for the new student who was due to arrive within minutes. Getting a new student at a moment's notice can be a little frustrating and frazzling for a teacher, but it probably doesn't begin to compare with what the new student is feeling. Some of you have experienced the anxiety and apprehension that comes with being "the new kid." Others of you were the assigned friend, required to lead the guided tour at recess. Whatever our background and experience, and despite having our attention and routines diverted when new students arrive, we truly want them to feel welcome and wanted.
One of the first things we do to help a new student acclimate is teach the Daily 5 routines. In this video, Joan and Carrie review Work on Writing. You'll notice they are referring to a smaller chart. Once a Daily 5 is launched, Carrie transfers information from the big I-chart to a smaller poster, which she then hangs in the room. Listen in as they take the opportunity to simultaneously review for the class and teach the new student.