I spent the first week introducing routines and procedures like I said I would. These were paired with easy activities so the students could get comfy with them.
My self imposed mantra for 2008-09 is "be ready to learn" so we broke it down. It's a good natured boot camp, this time of year in first grade.
Motivated by the crayon breakers of years past (it's a popular diversion), we focused on using them the right way. We also practiced using our quiet voices because in my open concept school we don't have doors or four walls.
Next week, I'll reinforce these procedures and routines with as much consistency as I can muster. Only one of my students nibbled on a crayon like a carrot, so we're ahead of the game.