Friday, January 11, 2013

The new school year

The first day of school is exciting, busy, chaotic and without much routine.
It's the first day you meet your class and the first day your class meets their new teacher.

I love the first day of school.
I love the new stationary, new smiles and new voices that fill my room.

However, the first day can be daunting. There are lots of things going on, lots of bags, parents, siblings and discussions.

Little activities can help make the first week with your new class a lot easier. It also helps you to get into routine faster.

I found this on Pinterest and immediately wanted to do the same thing with my new class.
It's from here. Go and check out the blog.

Click the view the blog "Mrs Hawk's Nest" - where this is from.
I love that it clearly outlines expectations for the students and the teacher.
It would be great carpet activity or even something to work on during the first week of school each day.

I think revising the list and adding to it throughout the year would be helpful too.

Here's something else I found on Pinterest. It's from here.

Click to view the blog "Eberopolis"
I think this would also be great to introduce early in the year. You could even ask them to assess themselves on things like "making a sandwich" or "cleaning my room". They students could compare where they are at and how they could improve.

This would lead into the class assessing themselves with literacy/numeracy concepts.
I'm excited to use it!

Last but not least, I'll leave you with a bit of inspiration for your classroom.
It's from here.

Click to view the blog "dishes and socks"
How beautiful! So much colour and organisation.
If only I had time to make some bunting (another great love of mine!).

What do you do with your class at the beginning of the year?
How do you implement routines and expectations?

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