Being a content-focused teacher from Day One, I have always stressed the importance of utilizing that first day of school to its fullest. I introduce myself, my course, and my expectations with my course syllabus, allow my students to introduce themselves in a manner I find valuable, and I set the stage for the rest of the year by assigning the first homework assignment. Some find my fast paced first day harsh, I find it helps my students prepare for an action packed year!
Oh, but before you run off from the blog, thinking I am passing out tedious assignments on the first day, take a look at my methods!
- My introduction - I use my "Identity Bag" to introduce myself, my course, and my expectations to my students. With symbols and hidden meanings to the objects I have in the bag, I share my world of Social Studies with humor and excitement!
- Their introductions - I always loved the Find Someone Who Activities. It's a great ice breaker, getting the students out of their seats and used to the idea that I will expect them to interact as we learn together in my classroom.
- My Meet & Greet for World History, U.S. History and Geography are a twist on the original Find Someone Who..., requiring students to match their historical figure or location cards with another classmate's to introduce the historic character or location they will study in the class, and to introduce themselves.