One of my favorite things about being a teacher is getting ready for back to school! Even though the task might feel overwhelming, I have so much fun preparing for it! Seeing as many of us already started school or will be starting soon, I thought it would be fun to have a linky party and everyone can share tips and ideas to make Back to School fun!
The first week of school has little pockets of time that need to be filled. Here are four ideas that I’ve found or have used that I think are a great to help you get to know your students better!
Paper Bag Introductions
Place 5 items that represent you and place them in a paper bag. To introduce yourself you take the item out of the bag and show it to the class. Then you speak about it. Continue pulling items out of the bag and sharing about yourself.
A spin on this would be to have the students anonymously bring in their items and the class has to guess who the brought the bag. This activity would work best after the students have been together for awhile so they have enough time to get to know each other.
Ask for their Opinion
I bet not too many students are used to being asked, “What kind of teacher do you want?”!
They are used to hearing from others how they should behave but not too much on how their teacher should behave.
Ask them! And chart it!
This activity will only take about 5-10 minutes but will be so powerful. It will help you understand your students and what they want, more importantly, what they need.
You will be surprised with the cool ideas that they come up with.
End the activity by promising them that you will uphold those ideas. Let them know that you value their opinions, that their ideas and opinions matter to you. Even though they have smaller voices, they are being heard when they are with you.
I’d suggest posting this chart in a special place that you will be able to see daily.
Beach Ball Throw
This is fun and inexpensive! Have a beach ball or a few? Write some easy get-to-know you questions on the ball. Place students in one circle or multiple circles, if you have more beach balls. Students throw the ball and whomever catches it, has to answer the question that is facing them.
Want to do this year round? Instead of writing the question on it, write a number on it! Then you can have a set of index cards with the corresponding number and a question. Use it for science, math, social studies etc.
Find a Friend
In this Find a Friend activity, students walk around and get to know their classmates by asking questions. They find things they have in common or learn things about each other and write their new friend’s name in the square.
This is a great activity to get kids up and moving and talking with each other. If you don’t have time to finish the whole page, do it in short spurts throughout the week. If you have an extra 10 minutes to fill, have them “find a friend”.
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