The new school year is well under way, and educators have been working hard! This is a because of a process called front-loading.
Front-loading, in education, is a process where teachers allocate extra energy at the beginning of the school year. We do this to have a smooth rest of the year. Some examples of front-loading in education are:

  • Setting up classroom rules and expectations.
  • Reviewing and practicing classroom procedures so they become second nature.
  • Practicing appropriate behavior during transition times.
  • Setting up and practicing school-wide expectations (e.g. behavior in hallways, assemblies, etc.).
  • Teaching classroom policies for things such as: how to turn in work, what to do when a student finishes early, rules for group work, etc.
  • Setting up academic expectations.
  • Gathering baselines for the beginning of the year.
  • Learning students interests, strengths and areas of need.
  • Establishing a positive tone for the class.

Front-loading takes a lot of energy It takes a lot of time thought to have a well-run class, but setting up and diligently enforcing classroom standards at the beginning of the year sets the tone for the entire school year. It’s exhausting, but well worth it!