Studies show that when a student feels comfortable and safe in their learning environment they are more likely to succeed or excel. According to Visible Learning for Literacy, a book by Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and John Hattie, the 4th largest impact on learning is teacher credibility. We believe our first 6 days helps build that credibility.
Other alternative ways Hattie suggests to increase student's learning are class discussions and student teacher relationships. We also promote these skills during the first 6 days. Taking time for this investment early makes the rest of the year more effective. Students need to feel comfortable to ask questions, take risks, and get the extra help they need. This combined with small class sizes will increase student's comprehension and motivation to learn.
Other researchers, James P. Comer and Norris M. Haynes, announced that parent involvement in schools is important to academic and social program success. The first six days helps our families get to know teachers and connect us as a REACH class. REACH teachers communicate with the family as their central point of contact. In this way, REACH helps us get closer as a “family”, student to student, student to teacher, and teacher to parent. The result: students are more productive in class. All in all, the first 6 days provide helpful opportunities that prepare students to succeed at college level work.