Why are the first 5 days of school so important?

high expectEvery year when school starts … there are so many expectations.  Students, parents, teachers – everyone has high expectations.  And, rightly so!

But, what can we do during the first 5 days to show students that “together” we can achieve our goals?  What can we do to show that we can meet and, even, exceed those expectations?

Well, here is what we have been doing:

IMG_3794teachers have studied about how to support students “to be ready to learn new things”

-teambuilding among classesIMG_3817

-discussion of what it means to work as a team

-teachers have attended conferences to become experts on important values that students will study

IMG_7694-students have joined students from Jarlaplan and Odenplan to start preparing this year’s musical

-Economy students have presented their UF idea to more than 2000 KTH university students

-tech training

-discussed course outlines and investigated what we will learn this year

-talked to each other  IMG_3811

-Elevkår offered a “backyard bar-b-q” for all students

IMG_3803-the school newspaper VRGDT interviewed new staff and students to capture their feelings

-reviewed and revised more than 500 schedules

-shared written letters of hopes, fears and expectations with ourselves via futureme.org

-older students have “guided” younger students through the nervousness of starting a new school

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These are just a few of the many activities we have been engaged in for these first 5 days. Planned by our dedicated administrators, implemented by our engaged teachers and inspired by our students – it has been a busy 5 days.

Of course, there are bumps in the road, as IMG_3843there always will be … schedule clashes, the nervousness of forging new friendships, building confidence in a new environment, facing the academic challenges of high school.  But, that’s ok.  We will solve these challenges together. Really, that is why the first 5 days of school are so important … to learn that no matter what – we will solve it together.  Together, we will meet those high expectations.

And, we are just getting started!

About kristylundstrom

I currently work as Head at Viktor Rydberg Gymnasium in Djursholm. I am a student of learning. I am interested to see where it happens, when it happens, and how it happens. I am also a math and computer science teacher. I have lived in Belgium and in the USA. I really appreciate my multi-cultural environment - I believe it adds dynamics to our school.
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