Procedures, rules, organization, materials, forms, getting to know your kids, helping your kids get to know you! Any way you look at it there’s a lot to do on the first day or so of school. Here are a few ideas from my Pinterest collection that I thought might be helpful. Click on each image to see the original post.
What to Do (and What Not to Do) on the First Day of Middle School
I saved this pin, from In the Middle, because the advice seems straightforward and no-nonsense, perfect for those middle school classes where the kids are already bored with elementary first-day activities like silly ice-breakers and generating class rules together. Sometimes the kids, and the teacher, just want to get the year started!
Six Easy Tips to Organize the Disorganized Student
Does it seem like you have more and more disorganized students each year? This post, from Young Teacher Love, spells out specific ideas that you can use to teach and reinforce good organization skills from the beginning of the year.
Gummy Worm Activity, in “Fun Back to School Activities”
So, sometimes a silly activity is just what you want. For those occasions, I chose this gummy worm activity from Diary of a Not So Wimpy Teacher. It’s so goofy looking that it’s bound to make even middle schoolers laugh, and it’s not the type of ice-breaker to put anyone on the spot.
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