Reflection: Adjustments to Practice First Impressions: Meeting Students the First Day - Section 3: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of MLK's "I Have a Dream" Speech

 

I had an entirely different lesson planned for the day. I've become known for "The Name Game." Not the version w/ students in their seats, but a physical activity that is very exhausting but that students love. 

Showing the MLK video was very much an afterthought, one that emerged the day before school started when I realized it was the March on Washington anniversary. I couldn't ignore this even though I didn't have a well planned lesson, something I can get by with because of my reputation. 

That I didn't plan well for a follow-up discussion shows. Students didn't have much to say. They simply tolerated my self-indulgence. 

This summer, I realized that I need a calendar of dates and special activities. My radar isn't always attuned to the special events I want to make a par of my lesson plans. For example, I don't want to miss Poem in Your Pocket day. If I were not teaching in a trimester, I'd work National Novel Writing Month (November) into my lesson plans. 

We teachers need to ask ourselves: How can I connect emerging events and historical moments into my curriculum? 

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First Impressions: Meeting Students the First Day

Unit 1: In the Beginning: The First Three Days of School
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Objective: SWBAT sense their importance to me when they enter the classroom via the "red carpet."

Big Idea: Students develop community that improves learning when they feel valued by their teachers.

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