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The beginning of the school year is time for students to learn what you expect in your classroom. Sure, going over the expectations, policies and procedures are important, but it is also important for students to understand why these expectations and procedures are in place.
The Classroom Situation Activity is perfect for grades 8-12 for one class period at the beginning of the school year or any time you want to ramp up your classroom management. This product includes 11 classroom situations such as talking out of turn, walking out of class and fighting in class. Students work in groups to create skits to share with their fellow students. Each situation has a handout to accompany for students to brainstorm. Additionally, there is a descriptive lesson plan and procedure for the teacher to use.
I have done this activity with my students over the last two years and lets me see my student's personalities shine through. We are able to reflect on this activity later in the year when some of these situations happen in class.