Great teachers always start the year with high expectations and exposing students to what's to come. So, how do you do that the first day? GIVE HOMEWORK ON THE FIRST DAY! This lets students know that you have high expectations from the very beginning. Since the first day is often filled with discussing routines and procedures, how do you set the high expectation for homework? By using this assignment of course!
This homework assignment is great for the first day. It allows the teacher to get to know the students (i.e. interests, family information, preferred multiple intelligence). It also requires students to write in complete sentences, with a model provided.
Happy first day!