Instead of talking endlessly about how, when, what, and where we do things in our class at the beginning of each school year, I came up with these beginning of the year activities for students for the first 2 or 3 days of school that teach my students what I expect from them in different learning situations. The best part is they get to be a part of creating our procedures and practice it right away! When my students know what I expect from them in every situation, it makes my day go more smoothly and if there are any redirections needed, it is so simple to remind them of the expectations because we learned it, practiced, and posted it! Use the printables and activities to teach your class procedures in the classroom and create classroom rules as well as go over important school rules.
Each activity begins with guided brainstorming, then practice the procedure with a fun activity for the beginning of the year, next make any needed changes, and then make a final copy to post in your classroom! By the end, your students will not only have learned what to do in every type of learning situation they will be in...they helped come up with the procedures for doing it, making them own it!
Here is what you will be able to cover with your students with these mini lessons:
-classroom voice level expectations
-group work expectations
-teaching to the class expectations
-partner work expectations
-independent work expectations
-working around the room expectations
-personal best work
-letter to the teacher
-where/how to turn in work
-getting to know your classmates and teacher
-checklist for other procedures for your classroom
I hope you will find these activities a nice addition to help your first days go more smoothly and have more meaning for your kids!