Do you have to teach an advisory or study hall period? Are you having trouble with kids taking the time seriously? I was able to solve this problem in my classroom by making students responsible for a list of items to take care of each week, resulting in a weekly participation grade. We started every day with 10 minutes of reading time. The day's activities varied, but each week we had time built in for them to keep up with their grades, binder, agenda, and weekly goal setting. My students carried this form to my advisory every day and it really kept us focused and on task. I actually enjoyed advisory the year due to starting out with a plan and structure for the class period! I used this with middle school students, but it can also be used at high school.
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