Implementing the First 5 Days – An Interview with Ian VanderSchee

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In this episode of the November Learning Podcast Series, Alan November speaks to Ian VanderSchee, an upper level mathematics teacher at Coppell High School, in Texas. The two discuss Ian’s implementation of Alan’s “First 5 Days” ideas at the start of this school year and how these ideas have positively impacted his students ever since.

To learn more about these and other possible “First 5 Days” implementations, we encourage you to read Alan’s book, Who Owns the Learning, and we invite you to attend the Building Learning Communities conference being held this summer in Boston. You can learn about both of these on our Web site at You might also share your thoughts and stories about the “First 5 Days” on Twitter, using the hashtag #1st5days.

As a result of Ian introducing the “First 5 Days” and the success of his students, every teacher at Coppell High School will be implementing a “First 5 Days” plan at the start of this school year.

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