I know that my readership takes a dip June-August each year as many educators go on vacations or take breaks during those months. Although I did not post as regularly as I meant to this summer, I did share some resources that I believe are worth repeating in case you missed them. I am going to spend this week spotlighting some of those.
Here are some ideas I mentioned this summer that can help you and your students to get to know each other so you can develop great relationships at the Beginning Of the Year.
Chat Pack for Kids – Great icebreaker, attendance, and transition time questions that kids love to ponder!
#Awards – I used this idea, originally from Joelle Trayers, at the end of last school year, but it could also be an illuminating activity for the first week of school.
MyRebus – You and your students could create rebuses of two lies and a truth, a simple sentence about their summer, etc… Also fun to create codes for BreakoutEdu.
Me – The User Manual – If you could give someone a set of instructions for interacting with you, what would you say? This idea is a fun way to summarize what people need to know about you.
Week of Inspirational Math #3 – Kick off your school year by developing positive mathematical mindsets with these activities for K-12.
DreamBingo – Help middle and high school students develop specific goals to work toward this year as they learn about the “life skills” that are required for successful careers.
Did you already start your school year? That doesn’t mean you can’t use any of these! Developing and maintaining relationships should happen throughout the term, not just at the beginning.