Best. First. Day. Ever.
August 11, 2011 11:58 PM Subscribe
Teachers of Metafiilter: Give me your first day/week of school hacks. Also for non-teachers: What are your best first day of school memories? When you think of your favourite classes in high school, what stands out?
posted by guster4lovers to education (32 answers total) 41 users marked this as a favorite
I've been a classroom teacher (HS, ELA) for many years, but the first week ends up being mostly procedure and thus boring. Typically, we read the syllabus, talk about expectations, and do a writing assessment. I really like the idea of starting with something more fun - after all, this is their first impression of me, and if they're 9th graders, of high school. I think first impressions matter.
I have a thematic "fun" lesson for the first day. But what do you do in the first week that sets the tone? Or for the non-teachers, what do you remember your teachers doing that stands out to you? Activities, demonstrations, vague ideas, and even half-remembered things from your own student experience are great.
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