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Welcome to BLC16! Building Learning Communities Education Conference 2016! Join colleagues from around the world who care deeply about bringing the best innovative and practical learning resources to our students. Our 17th BLC education conference will provide you with inspiration, practical skills and expand your professional network with educators from around the world.
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Friday, July 22 • 1:00pm - 1:20pm
Taking "The First Five Days" to the Next Level

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The first day of school is every child's favorite day of school. Followed, closely, by the last day of school. ""The First Five Days"" concept has aimed to capitalize on the excitement and curiosity students have at the opening of the school year by encouraging teachers to plan engaging lessons that focus on mindsets and skills that will set students up for academic success.If done well, student enthusiasm and motivation will continue from the first day to the last, as teachers build upon ""The First Five Days"" skills, make them relevant to the subject studied, and students gain confidence in their own abilities.

But what happens to your students' motivation if every other class they attend is focused on the syllabus and ice breakers? In order to fully capitalize on the ""First Five Days"" model, educators need to advocate for it in their buildings on a team-wide or school-wide level. This session will work with teachers, specialists, or administrators on ways to expand the model in their buildings, by first making the individual teachers' ""First Five Days"" lessons more replicable, and then by developing a campaign strategy to get others on board.

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Mary Lou Buell

history teacher, Weymouth High School
Passionately connected educator, devoted to my twitter and voxer groups, dedicated to bringing technology experiences to my unconnected, low-tech classroom. Also devoted wife of a business owner, and mom to 4 children enrolled in public education, 3 in Duxbury and 1 at Massachusetts... Read More →

Friday July 22, 2016 1:00pm - 1:20pm EDT
Statler - Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza