Ever feel like reading your syllabus and expectations the first day will put half your class to sleep? Well, it might. But, here's a solution! Hand out your syllabus, and IMMEDIATELY put your students in groups to explore the syllabus together! A short quiz will help them sift through everything, and you can always assign it as HW reading that night (it probably needs to be signed anyway, right?).
I've included the following in this packet:
Goal Setting Speech Bubbles: Two bubbles per student to write a goal for the current year, and goal/s for their future beyond school. It's always a kick to read their future goals! I have them color and cut out, then post them on the back wall for an art gallery effect. (Also, looks great on Back to School Night!).
Syllabus Quiz: A three-question quiz meant for small groups. Includes general questions about classroom expectations, late work, and skills necessary to be successful in your class.
A Successful/Unsuccessful Student/Teacher Is... Students come up with descriptions for what both students and teachers need to embody to be successful or unsuccessful. They must use strong and descriptive language, and at the bottom, tell a little about their learning style.
Quiz Your Classmates: In small groups, students talk about fun topics, and write down partners' names and answers. Great icebreaker!
NEW! Personal writing response page so you can really see your students' writing on the first day. Asks students to recall a time where they learned a lesson from an experience.
This might be a couple of days for you, or if you have a block, maybe the whole period. Either way, start your year off right by getting kids writing and talking!
Teacher in the Rye