Students will travel to four stations around the classroom to get organized for the new school year! This is an easy back to school routine that has become a staple in my classroom. I like that I can use it in both my American History and AP Psychology classes to make for easy transitions throughout the day.
Station 1: Syllabus Overview
Students will read through your syllabus to get a feel for what the year will be like in your classroom. They will then work as a group to discuss and determine what the three most important pieces of information are from what they read.
Station 2: Letter to You
Students will write a letter to themselves to be opened at the end of the year. One of my high school teachers did this and it was fun to look back at my mindset at the beginning of the year. It is fun for me as a teacher to give students their letters back and see their faces on the last day of school!
Station 3: Tech Set-Up
Students will have the opportunity to get set up with the technology they will need for the year. I use Google Classroom, Remind, and Quizlet and provide students with the codes to access these resources. Since this document is editable you can change it up to fit your needs!
Station 4: Classroom Culture & Get to Know The Teacher
Students will talk with you as a small group to discuss what their expectations are for the year, have the opportunity to ask you questions and get to know you as a person. This is my favorite station and I always get fun questions from my new students!
All stations have a "Finished Early" section with questions that students can ask each other to keep the discussion going. This resource has worked well for both my AP Psych and American History students, and has become a staple in my classroom for the beginning of the year.