Reflection: Classroom Setup First Impressions: Meeting Students the First Day - Section 2: Warm-Up: Rolling Out the Red Carpet


I'm always exhausted at the end of the first few days of school and generally wonder if I'll ever not be tired. I question whether or not I have the energy to do the job, to live up to my own expectations, so I'm glad my district has a calendar that brings kids back to school for three days and is followed by the long Labor Day weekend. I need the rest!

I have mixed feelings about not having time for the introductory activities, but kids seem to understand. I'll just have to give them an activity later in the week, which I promised. And it's really important to follow through on these promises, especially early in the year. 

If I had it to do over, I'd have planned a discussion activity. In one class, a student responded to the question, "What did you notice about the speech?" by saying, "Someone in back was picking their nose." Really? Clearly, there's a generation gap that I'll have to work hard to close. I'll have a chance since we'll return to the essential question "What are my rights and responsibilities?" throughout the course. But that's for another day.

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First Impressions: Meeting Students the First Day

Unit 1: In the Beginning: The First Three Days of School
Lesson 1 of 3

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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