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Most teachers, I’m sure, make sure to leave time during the first class to take student questions, primarily about the syllabus and the shape of the course ahead. But it’s worth underlining the importance of student involvement right from the start, letting them know that your desire to hear their questions and concerns is not just a superficial courtesy (“Any questions? OK then…). Here’s a way to encourage students to take ownership of the course. After a brief introduction, distribute the…

First day of class: Meet Your Teacher

Most teachers, I’m sure, make sure to leave time during the first class to take student questions, primarily about the syllabus and the shape of the course ahead. But it’s worth underlining the importance of student involvement right from the start, letti

Back to school All About Me Bag - This is something that I did last year at the beginning of the school year.  The kids loved it and it's a fun way to get to know each other so I am going to do it again!  Simply give the kids a brown paper bag on the first day of school, have them bring it back the next day with four things in it that they can use to tell the class about themselves.

All About Me Bag--good to hand out at Open House before school starts so kids can bring their bags to share on the first day!

Awesome Meet The Teacher newsletter to hand out at Open House or during the first days of school! Super cute and editable!!

Task Initiate and maintain family contacts: A newsletter allows parents to know what is going on in the classroom as well as the teacher. This is a great way to introduce yourself as a teacher.

Education: A free printable for the first day of class!

Kristen Santey I really like this idea of an all about me for students. This allows the teacher to see students interests and it helps teachers to connect with their students. This can be used at any grade level.

Classroom Listen Up! Following Directions FREEBIE                                                                                                                                                                                 More

Classroom Listen Up! FREEBIE UPDATED June 2017 I added 2 levels for one & two step directions. One & Two steps (with two levels: one with color specification and one without) and an open-ended scene (make up your

Three fantastic icebreakers that get kids talking and start building relationships from the first day of school!

Icebreakers that Rock

Too many icebreakers require students to take massive social risks with people they barely know. Or they don’t really help students get to know each other. Or they are just plain cheesy. Here are three that are actually goo

Great writing activity for goal setting during the first days of school.

Idea for the first week of school: "Peek Face Portraits" with the student's face and goals for the year.

Sports Themed First Day of School Activities

Sports Themed First Day of School Activities

Pe Activities, Physical Activities, Sports Activities For Kids, Introduction Activities, First Day Activities, Sports Games, Physical Education, Pe Ideas, Daycare Ideas

The Nature of Science - An Activity for the First Day of Class

The Nature of Science - An Activity for the First Day of Class Awesome high level thinking activity about scientific process. Can also tie to the eight math practices.

Promoting Research while Advancing Instruction, Part 1 | Faculty Focus.  In this article, Buller explains his new framework that focuses on learning, innovation, and academic citizenship instead of on teaching, research, and service.

Promoting Research while Advancing Instruction, Part 1

First Day of Class Activities that Create a Climate for Learning

First Day of Class Activities that Create a Climate for Learning

There’s no discounting the importance of the first day of class. Here are a few novel activities for making the most of that first day.

So you got the technology teaching job, now what? Whether you're coming from the general ed classroom or you're a brand new teacher, these ideas will set you up for a successful first day of class with your students.

So you got the technology teaching job, now what? Whether you're coming from the general ed classroom or you're a brand new teacher, these ideas will set you up for a successful first day of class wit (Tech Projects Student)

First Grade Wow: Let It Snow! Snowman Retelling Practice FREEBIE

First Grade Wow: Let It Snow! Snowman Retelling Practice FREEBIE

Fostering Student Interaction in the Online Classroom

First Day of Class Activities that Create a Climate for Learning