Threshold takes place at the beginning of the day when a teacher greets each student by standing in the threshold of the classroom. This practice allows a teacher to reinforce classroom expectations daily while personally checking in with each student before learning begins. “The most important moment to set expectations in your classroom is the minute when your students enter, or if they are transitioning within a classroom when they formally begin their lesson…It’s the critical time to establish rapport, set the tone, and reinforce the first steps in a routine that makes excellence a habit,” (Lemov, 2010).
- Reflect at the end of each day on each student’s progress and/or behavior.
- Write down or make a mental note of something to share with each student in the morning as they are being greeted at the doorway.
- At the beginning of the class, the teacher stands at the doorway waiting to greet each student.
- The teacher greets each student by name and with a handshake (high-five, fist bump, or a class secret handshake) as he/she appears at the doorway.
- As students are being greeted, include any mental notes made and/or remind students of the school/classroom expectations and/or procedures as they enter the classroom individually. These quick reminders should take no more than 5-10 seconds per student.