Tools for a Successful School Year (Starting on Day One)


By Harvey F. Silver, Matthew J. Perini, Abigail L. Boutz

Published by Silver Strong & Associates

Make this year the year of better student behavior, stronger classroom relationships, increased student engagement, and higher levels of thinking and learning.

When it comes to student behavior and achievement, the classroom environment you establish makes all the difference. But what makes successful classrooms truly successful? What do highly effective teachers do to establish a learning environment that promotes positive behavior and supports high levels of learning all year long? All successful classrooms, regardless of content area or grade level, share four common elements:

  1. Organization, rules, and procedures
  2. Positive relationships
  3. Engagement and enjoyment
  4. A culture of thinking and learning

Tools for a Successful School Year
shows you how to make these “Four Cornerstones” the guiding principles of your classroom. With more than 20 classroom-ready tools to develop these cornerstones, this book gives you the practical techniques you need to make this year your most successful yet—starting on day one.

Additional information

Weight 0.95 lbs
Dimensions 8.5 × 11 in


First Publication Date

April 2016


Silver Strong & Associates





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Finding high-quality tools to use in the classroom can be difficult. Finding ‘the right tool’ to improve a particular lesson is even harder. This book makes finding the right tool easy. It’s my go-to for tackling any standard or objective, and for getting my students engaged. I constantly refer to it!

Laura Crowley

Lead Teacher, Third Grade, Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School, Bronx, NY

Once again, the Thoughtful Classroom team has provided simple tools that open the door for thoughtful work in the classroom.  Each of the Four Cornerstones provides a strong foundation for students to participate in challenging work, both individually and collaboratively. The tools in this book enhance and complement so many ways in which students can build the Habits of Mind.

Bena Kallick

Co-director, Institute for Habits of Mind

A well written, easy-to-use resource for new and experienced educators alike. Tools for a Successful School Year provides high-impact strategies that teachers can use to establish a foundation for learning that lasts all year long. A must-have for every classroom.

Tracy Quattrone

Director of Pupil Services, Indian Hill Exempted Village School District, Cincinnati, OH