At the beginning of the year, conducting activities that will help students get to know each other while also creating a safe, learning centered classroom culture are a valuable use of your time! This slideshow should be used to allow students to think critically about the behavior expectations in this new environment while also giving them an opportunity to offer their own opinions and insights to create standards for getting along with one another this school year.
The slideshow begins with a warm-up writing activity that asks students to name people whom they already trust and get along with, but more importantly, to analyze why this is true. Have students share out after they have some quiet time to draft their own responses. Next, click on the image to play the video 'If You Really Knew Me', and then have students finish the sentence starters provided (the teacher should participate too) - this is another opportunity for students to share personal information and really get to know you and their classmates.
If you like the strategy where students help to brainstorm and create classroom rules, the final part of the slideshow is similar. Students are asked to brainstorm standards of behavior that are TERRIFIC, OK, and NOT OKAY. In small groups, or individually, students should share their ideas to the entire class while the teacher creates a master list.