This back to school bundle includes:
Back to School Stations
This no-prep back to school station activity will teach you about your students and set up important relationship capacity skills for your classroom community. Included is a black and white copy of the station markers for printing convenience.
This activity includes:
In any classroom, it is important to know your students relationship with literacy. How print-rich is there home? What reading habits do they have? Do they have a negative or positive relationship with reading? Whether teaching art, biology, or English, knowing how your students read is important to their performance in your classroom and how they retain information.
Almost every classroom has class norms nowadays. Classroom norms help students buy in to classroom management, and gives them voice in how their learning environment is managed. In this station, students explain why the norm is important to them, and what they think would happen if the norm was not in place. This also taps into a student's metacognitive process, giving you a peak at how they are at thinking about thinking.
All the typical icebreaker questions are asked here. Students are given an opportunity to unequivocally talk about themselves on paper. At the very bottom, students are also given the opportunity to tell you something they'd like you to know about them. This can be an opportunity for them to ask for accommodations, or just inform you on an important aspect of their life.
This is not your typical learning style survey. In this station, students are given a set of scenarios, from the mundane "What do you do if you don't understand the lesson?" to "How do you learn to survive in a zombie apocalypse?" Students will be forced to think about how they learn, and have a laugh at the same time.
Perhaps one of the most important questions to ask students is what their best experience in a classroom was. This gives you insight on what they believe a positive classroom environment to be, and how your students believe that experience came about. This gives teachers perspective on how your students believe a good classroom is run.
Not all students adhere to classroom rules, and that is when a behavior contract comes in. Behavior contracts streamline classroom management for repeat misbehavior, and serve as a document for communication with both administration and parents. This behavior contract has blocks for behavior that needs work, rewards, and consequences. This contract also has clear guidelines for students in case the behavior contract fails and needs a revision.
This contract works amazing with my class, and I have seen significant improvement in behavior in students I use this with. Admin loves this activity because it keeps them in the loop with behavior and how I am communicating with parents.
Contact Log and Behavior Log
This behavior log and parent/guardian contact log are amazing for keeping track of your due diligence and taking your classroom management to the next level. No more wondering if you called a parent or not, no more trying to remember what your student's misbehavior was a week ago while you're on the phone with a parent.
Need to submit due dilligence to administration or school personnel? Run off a copy of your log and submit with any other required paperwork.
These forms will make your life as a teacher easier, and streamline communication for you.