This Free Activity Serves at least Three Purposes
1. Immediately focus on team building. What do students have in common. How are they the same. Results may be surprising. Add to this exercise or have students to do.
2. Writing, reflecting, and discussing the experience. Goal is to move on to the types of behaviors students would like to demonstrate in the class, and the behaviors they would like others to demonstrate. Wonderful tangent into rules, character, etc.
3. The writing itself will serve as the teacher's beginning of the year student writing sample. Shave valuable time off the beginning of the planning year. Look over students' writing strengths and weaknesses now.
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