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Back to School: Turn the First Days of School into PD for Students

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Back to School time again! This year, why not organize those first crucial days into PD sessions for your students?

This 25 pg document gives you ideas and suggestions for doing just that.

I've included ideas for:
- Cooperative learning to build a strong class climate

-Classroom management

-A printable inventory to get to know your students

-A printable "homework assignment" for parents:"In a million words or less"

-A sample PD schedule

-Lots of other tips and hints for bringing PD to your students in those first few days. You don't get those first days back - use them wisely!

Download the FREE preview for more details on what PD for your students may look like and a really fun cooperative learning activity.

Teacher-Author: Krystal Mills

Professional development for students, back to school, first days of school
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3 Days

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Unique way to involve students during those first days of school.
On  February 26, 2014Krystal Mills answered:
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Perfecty way for my and my students to kick off our new year together! I used this in September and it was just great!
On  January 18, 2014Krystal Mills answered:
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Didn't really use
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I used lots of these the beginning of this year as well as last.
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That's great!
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Thank you for sharing. I used several of your ideas at this years opening days.
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Perfect!
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Good back to school activities.
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Great way to start the year.
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This was a great way for me to bond with my students and for them to feel like contributors to the classroom. I used almost all of this in my first week of school and it went so, so well! Thanks!
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I love the ideas in this, and though I haven't used it yet, I plan to use it in the future.
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Save it for next year;)
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Very thorough. Good for both new and experienced teachers.
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This helped boost my confidence in starting the year off right!
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That's awesome!
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On  August 7, 2012,  Buyer said:
Lots of really useful ideas, unfortunately with our scheduling there isn't enough time to do the suggested sessions but I will be using some of the activities during the first lesson with my new groups and intend on dipping in and out throughout the year.
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On  July 18, 2012,  William K. said:
I couldn't resist, as I'm always looking for neat and creative beginning of the year ideas. This is BOTH!! Thank you SO much for taking time to put this together and share it!
On  July 24, 2012Krystal Mills answered:
Thank you!!!
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On  February 17, 2012,  Jennifer D. said:
Instead of the same-old-same-old first day of school routines, this "PD" makes it a little cooler. Also, the parents LOVED the Million Words or Less.
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Thanks:) Glad to hear it!
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I love this idea of running the students through PD rather than calling it something negative. It promotes a positive attitude toward the rules and procedures of the class.
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On  September 5, 2011,  Buyer said:
I loved the idea of PD for students. It started off my year with the high expectation and real world application.
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On  September 2, 2011,  Buyer said:
This will be very helpful during the first few weeks of school.
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Glad to hear!
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On  September 20, 2011,  Buyer asked:
I am looking for a system to organize students to help in the classroom. I have jobs such as errands, passing out notices/papers...no problems with these. It is the 'organizing recycling, picking up papers from the floor' that is challenging to get helpers. I teach a gr.6/7 and would like a fun way to get students to take ownership for keeping the class clean. Do you have a ideas for that?
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On  September 20, 2011Krystal Mills answered:
Hello! I don't have any resources posted on that topic. Just off the top of my head... Put every job you need completed on a piece of paper. If you need 4 people to clean up the floor - write "clean up the floor" on four pieces of paper or index cards, we'll say,...three to do recycling etc. Have a scavenger hunt! Post the jobs - faced down all around your room (under chairs, desks, by the bookshelf, by your desk...etc. Whatever paper they find is their job for the month. Have a new hunt the next month. OR you could do a "mission impossible" type thing. Come in with sealed envelopes and tell them that this is their mission - should they choose to accept it. Inside each - their task for the month - if done to your satisfaction...perhaps they'll receive a reward... Just some thoughts...
On  August 21, 2011Terri's Teaching Treasures (TpT Seller) asked:
Thanks, I will keep looking at your site! :-) Place value would be a good starting place.
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On  August 21, 2011Krystal Mills answered:
Thanks! Good luck to you this year! Have lots of fun with them!
On  August 20, 2011Terri's Teaching Treasures (TpT Seller) asked:
Hi, I am teaching a grade 6-8 class in Barrie. Last year with my regular class I started with place value. I'm confused where to start to keep the motivated but still cover 3 or more grade levels. What grade do you have and what unit are you starting with? Thanks! :-)
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On  August 21, 2011Krystal Mills answered:
Wow - Gr. 6-8 in one room! Well, I suppose there are always such a variety of ability levels anyway in most classrooms - mine for sure.

I think that place value is a great place to start. I usually start with pre-assessments and review based on what the pre-assessments tell me. Then we jump into the book which I am supposed to follow in order. It starts out with transformational geometry.

Place value is essential, though, for so many other things. They need to know if a number is in the millions or billions AND they need to be able to round that number properly to any value that you throw at them. I have some ideas for place value activities - I'll start putting them together this evening or tomorrow.

As for keeping them motivated, if you can give them a reason for what they're doing, a project with a purpose and context - you'll all have a more enjoyable year.

Find out what they're into right away - do some kind of survey with them. There is a survey - ready to go in the package that I combined. There's also my pre-assessment for free in my TpT store that may be suitable for you. If they're into hockey, trucks or video games - figure out a way to incorporate those into your curriculum with math projects. Projects are great especially for combined classes, because they're easier to differentiate and modify. I hope this helps. Keep an eye on my store this year as I'll be posting lots of math resources. Don't forget to check out the combined classroom management package - I think you'll be happy with it.

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On  August 20, 2011Terri's Teaching Treasures (TpT Seller) asked:
Thanks- sounds great! Are you working on any more math units? I am going to be teaching a special ed class with behavioural kids grades 6-8. I need all the help I can get!!!
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On  August 20, 2011Krystal Mills answered:
What unit are you planning on doing first? This will be my first year on TpT and teaching (I just started TpT in February of this year while I was on mat leave.) I'm back to school in September and so I'll be posting my lessons as I'm doing them with my class. If you give me some specifics, I'll hit those topics first:)
On  August 20, 2011Terri's Teaching Treasures (TpT Seller) asked:
Krystal, does your $20 back to school binder include the Turn the First Days of School into PD resource? Thanks
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On  August 20, 2011Krystal Mills answered:
Hello! It does not. However, if you like I can add a new product later today and package the two for a little cheaper. I'm away from home until this evening, but I will get to it for sure. I could also throw in a few of the other $1.00 products that would be suitable as well and charge $25 for the whole package.

Thanks for your interest. Please become a follower and you'll get an email when I post the new combo pack of resources.

If there are any other products that you'd like combined - let me know!

Krystal
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