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★ Find out what moves your students
★ Find out what inspires your students
★ Get your students up and moving
★ Get to know your students for who they are
★ AND let’s have some fun!
★ Assignment sheets
★ Notes and tips from me
BREAKDOWN OF ACTIVITIES:
#1: Letter to your Future Self
This assignment is exactly what it sounds like. The students are going to be given an opportunity to write a letter to their future self. As the teacher, it is up to you to decide when you want to give these letters back. I have done this where I plan on keeping the letters until their graduation. I have also done this where I plan on keeping the letters until the end of the school year. This assignments allows for the students to use their words to explain who they are right now, where they are in their life right now, and what their goals are for the year. It is very special for them to get these letters back and see how much their life has changed and how much they have grown.
#2: One-Pager About YOU!
Here the students will be able to fill out a one-pager all about THEM! This will touch on basic information about them, their favorite things, and their goals for this year. This is great to store in a binder for your own records throughout the year. Maybe you need to quickly be able to see a students favorite candy, color, or hobby. Maybe you need some inspiration on your classes interest when designing a lesson plan for them. This will help you take a quick glance at your students and what moves them.
#3: DAY ONE TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITY!
It is so important to build a community within your classroom. This has so many incredible benefits to it. When your students are comfortable not only with you, but their peers, you will see a difference in their behavior and even their drive to succeed. There are many ways to build a community in your classroom and I am so excited to share these methods with you. I hope that it allows you and your students to grow together and build that strong classroom community. I have learned that a safe place isn’t created by the materials in the classroom. At the end of the day the safe place is created by who is in the classroom. With that said, it is time to get building!