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7 First Day of School Activities Students Love

7 First Day of School Activities Students Love
The first day of school will be here before you know it. Most teachers face the big day with enthusiasm, but they dread the inevitable challenge: what to do on the first day of school. Every teacher’s approach is different. Whatever your goal, here are a few things to try to get the school year off to a great start! Goal: Getting to Know Your Students How well will your incoming students know you? If you’re teaching kindergarteners (or high school freshmen, who often seem like kindergarteners), you may need to spend the first day – or the first several days –getting everyone comfortable. Teaching strategies for improving friendship skills at the elementary school... The School of Education at Gardner-Webb University has received national... We examine the classroom management characteristics of effective teachers. A few useful classroom management ways to get information from your students on... 7 great technology in the classroom apps to use this year. Plan a Scavenger Hunt Do a Self-Portrait Related:  English Lesson

First Days of School Now for the lesson... I prepare a list of facts about myself, ranging from where I was born to I manage my own fantasy baseball team, and other similarly "interesting" facts.. I fold each one and put them all in my fact jar. The next day - I leave all the classes maps of me up, and pass out a 20 question "quiz" in multiple choice format, and tell them to feel free to use the "visual resources" on the wall. We then go back to the KWL list and I have each class contribute 3 new things they know about me... Fostering Relationships in the Classroom Students and teacher need to develop positive and trusting relationships in an effective classroom. It is also critical that all students, especially English-language learners, develop trusting and enriching relationships with each other. There are many activities which can be used for both introductory purposes and throughout the year to build and maintain positive relationships in the classroom. Some activities which work well to introduce students to each other and to the teacher can be used again at later points in the year as students' interests change and as they gain new life experiences. 1) Sharing Weekly Reflections Each week, we have students write about two positive events that occurred in their lives and one not-so-positive event (along with what they could have done to make it better or what they learned from it). 2) Introducing Me/3 Objects This activity is sometimes called a "Me Bag" or an "All About Me Bag." 3) "I Am" Project 5) Two Truths and a Lie 6) Four Squares

Icebreakers Volume 3: Activities for the First Days of School | Getting to Know You Activities | Ice Breakers Education World's readers responded to last year's back-to-school story with more than two dozen great ideas. So here, in a follow-up to 14 Great Ideas for the First Days of School, is the second batch of reader ideas -- 14 more activities for the first days of school! Hello, Amigos! Chrysanthemum's Graph! We Are All Unique! Invite students to list some traits that make them unique. Sticker Partners! Me Bag Place a white paper bag on each desk on the morning of the first day. Candy Gets Kids Talking! Note: Before preparing or distributing any food in the classroom, make sure you are aware of children's allergies or dietary restrictions and caution children about choking hazards. Bring in Skittles, one of your students' favorite candies for sure! Take As Much As You Want! Paper Dolls! Where Do I Sit? The Me Shield For this activity, we use a copy of a banner from a Red Cross education program, drawn like a shield and divided into four sections. What are three things you are good at?

Tom Grennan- a raspy, pleasant voice | szalaykata I was preparing for my English language competition (called FUNtastic; organised for students aged between 10-15 in Veszprém county) – searching for a cool song for the listening part- when I tumbled on a great British talent, Tom Grennan. I was absolutely amazed by his special voice and his melodies. All the competitors definitely loved his song and the lyrics. I have created a reading comprehension (gap-filling) task and many more based on the songs of Tom Grennan. You can find the teachers’s notes HERE and the materials for students HERE. Enjoy the tasks and the songs as well! Like this: Like Loading...

First Week Plans For the past three years, the beginning of every year has meant a new school, new students, new classes. Last year I had FOUR preps, one of which I didn't know about until a week before school started. So my first days of school have always been pretty mundane. Here's the syllabus, here's your book, here's the rules... blah blah blah. But this year I am at the same school, in the same room and feel like I can breathe under my three preps (two of which are new, but oh well!). After reading the #mssunfun and hearing(reading) so many posts about not starting the year like a robot I'm inspired to not even mention my syllabus until our third (and first full 90 minute block) class. Google doc survey. And then in no particular order, here are some of the ideas I stole off the Middle School list,

How To Handle Misbehavior The First Two Weeks Of School Your new students will likely be on their best behavior for the first few days of school. But by the second week, you and your classroom management plan will be tested. After all, your students don’t really know you. Maybe you’ll be like the pushover teacher they had last year. Maybe some of your students have never had firm boundaries. And because you haven’t spent enough time with your students to earn their confidence, you’re going to be tested. But when it happens, when Anthony says something crude to try to shock you, when Karla talks back and disrespects you, when your students interrupt you, ignore you, and misbehave three feet in front of you… You’ll be ready. Here’s what to do: Pause. Your first reaction to misbehavior should be no reaction. Hide your disappointment. Never show hurt over misbehavior or disrespect. Lose the battle. If a student is directing his (or her) misbehavior toward you, disrespects you, or talks back to you, be willing to take it. Follow through. Build rapport.

7 Great Activities for the First Day of School | Scholastic New Year Resolutions Involve students in the creation of a set of classroom new year resolutions to guide you through the coming months. Work together to brainstorm resolutions, and write them on a sheet of chart paper. If necessary, reword them in a positive manner (such as "walk" rather than "don't run"). Guess Who Students become detectives in this get-acquainted game, in which they uncover the real identity of a fellow classmate. Switch! Here's a great indoor or outdoor game to get students actively learning about each other! Welcome Bags Use these party favors to send positive messages to students on the first day of school. The Penny Jar Here's a getting-to-know-you activity that really makes "cents"! Hats Off to a New Year! Greet students at the door with party hats and a quick craft activity that will get everyone warmed up and ready for learning. Create a Time Capsule Help your students set personal goals by creating individual time capsules for the year!

School of Fisher: Important Piece of the Puzzle August is quickly approaching and that means school is right around the corner! Eek, where did July go? Starting to think about school and lesson planning. For the past few years, I have my students participate in a Classroom Scavenger Hunt. (You know the sheet with a bunch of questions that start off "Find someone who ....". Each student will receive a puzzle piece. You can download this activity and a blank puzzle piece for FREE here or visit my TPT store here. Detective Game by Peter Pappas I did not waste the opening week of school introducing the course – my students solved mysteries. I took simplified mysteries and split them into 25-30 clues, each on a single strip of paper. Read my blog post on how I used this lesson. I used a random count off to get the kids away from their buddies and into groups of 5-6 students. This activity demonstrates to students the need for considering the contributions of every group member and gives them practice in organizing cooperatively to accomplish a task. You will need a set of clues for the case for each group. Link to Murder Mystery Clues Link to Bank Robbery Clues Note - These clues were adapted from: Learning Discussion Skills Through Games Gene and Barbara Dodds Stanford Citation Press / Scholastic Books 1969 Students are seated in a circle with the teacher standing outside the group. "Today we are going to play another game that will help improve your discussion skills.

Handling Difficult Students The First Week Of School Hoping to head misbehavior off before it starts, most teachers try to be proactive with difficult students. Even before the bell rings on the first day of school, they peruse their new roster looking for those few whose reputation precedes them. They chat up previous teachers. And so when Anthony or Karla or whoever shows up for the first day of school, they can feel the bull’s-eye on their back. They can feel labeled right out of the gate. And when students feel labeled, they’re pulled inexorably in its direction—fulfilling the prophecy it foretells. To ensure this doesn’t happen on your watch, and to get your reputed difficult students headed in the right direction, it’s best to make them feel like just another member of your classroom. Here’s how: 1. When a student with a difficult reputation walks in on the first day and is asked to sit closest to the teacher, she knows the score. 2. Kids are smarter than most adults give them credit for. 3. 4. 5. One Standard That we believe in them.

Getting to Know You Activity with a Beach Ball! Here is a super simple and fun getting to know you activity! 1. Get a cheap beach ball from the dollar store or Target $1 Spot. 2. 3. 4. Here are the questions I wrote on the ball: What is your favorite TV show? Your questions may differ from mine depending on the age of the students, and your dynamics. What are you doing to get to know your students?

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