Tiger CATE

Notes & News

What do 3C's and 3 R's have in common?

~Create a positive tone

~engaging for students

~teachers making effort to create relationships

What are the AMCHS expectations for the first five days?

  • student participation
  • greeting students at the door
  • deliberately getting to know students personally
  • opportunities to observe students (Who is outgoing? Who is introverted and may take more time to get to know?)
  • a plan for how you will learn each student's name
  • introduce technology that will be used most often in the course
  • introduce, model, and practice classroom procedures
  • opportunities for the teacher to share about himself/herself

Best Practices Ideas

  • Add students' interests to your seating chart so you can easily incorporate them during class
  • Pick a few specific students each week to have personal conversations with and get to know on a more personal level
  • Plan for an "orientation" each Monday in your class to discuss what will happen in the upcoming week. This models time management and organizational skills.
  • Schedules can change A LOT. Hold off on the really heavy lifting for the first week to avoid having to repeat and catch up too many kids. Make a plan for getting to know kids who are added to your class after the first five days.


Math - Students make their own name plates as a "getting to know you" activity.

  • students share personal information
  • teacher can reflect on name plates throughout the year
  • teacher can use the info gained to relate learning to student interests
  • teacher uses info as conversation starter to begin forming a relationship
  • Students play detective with the syllabus.

    • get to know each other as they search for clues
    • learn expectations for the course
    • conversations occur between students and the teacher about the course rules/expectations/procedures
  • English
    • All students are required to email the teacher during the first two weeks of school with questions or concerns about the course.

      • students know how to contact the teacher after hours and must have a working email address
      • teacher responds to each student individually to answer questions and make a personal connection
      • students have a chance to ask about all the scary things they've heard about the class
    • World Geography
      • Students start the year with a music quiz - reviewing music that mentions location around the world.

        • students work together
        • music creates a common experience for the class
        • the course expectation of looking at the world differently is practiced
      • Biology
        • Students create safety videos with great benefits!

          • working together
          • using technology
          • learning class procedures
          • meeting TEKS on safety
        • CATE
          • The class's first assignment is to practice Job Skills.

            • Students learn about job skills expected in the work force, covering course TEKS
            • Students have an opportunity to practice what they will be graded on in the course without being penalized (example: being on time, dressed appropriately, treating others with respect)