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After the Honeymoon

School has started. As teachers meander into September, back-to-school routines are in place, and the newness of shoes, uniforms, supplies and the classroom is wearing off. The formerly compliant and pleasant attitudes of some students have waned. For many, the honeymoon is over.

The “honeymoon period” refers to the first few weeks of school when students display their best behavior as they acclimate to the classroom routine. After a few weeks, when students are comfortable in the classroom, some students begin to test limits and display behavior problems.

How educators prepare for the post-honeymoon period affects the climate and quality of instruction in the classroom all year. By remaining flexible, maintaining respectful interactions with parents, communicating consistently from the classroom and having administrative support, students’ posthoneymoon antics can be minimized.

 

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