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The way we begin our mornings really sets a tone for the rest of the day. During my first few years of teaching, I didn't realize how truly important those first 5 minutes of class were. I was always taught to teach "bell to bell," but the stress of that expectation caused me to have a bit of a chaotic morning with my kids. Now, I feel very confident in the morning routine I've established - the kids respond well to it because they know exactly what to expect each day, it allows me to take care of any items before class begins (i.e., attendance, which I used to always forget to take!), and we start our day off on the right foot.

First, I'll outline the typical first 30 minutes of my morning, then I'll go into more detail for each section further down.

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