First day

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  1. otterpop

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    What do the first 30 minutes of your first day look like?

    Me:
    1) Greet, backpacks away, everything stays closed
    2) Find desks
    3) Getting to know you worksheet while dealing with questions and necessary tasks

    Part 3 I'm kind of bored with. Looking for new ideas. :)
     
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  3. agdamity

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    I have my students for 10 minutes before they go to their pull out class (library, pe, music, etc.) so I quickly take attendance, lunch count, and how they are getting home (in case the office needs to verify a bus number), and teach them how to line up before it's out the door. It's very fast and furious!

    When they get back from pull out class, I do the standard introductions, myself and them, then I do a team building activity. The last few years, I've put them in groups and they have to build a puzzle, without seeing the picture on the box. After about 15 minutes, we stop to discuss the strategies they are using, then I pass out the boxes and let them finish the puzzle.
     
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    My first 30 minutes are the 30 minutes before the bell rings. I expect to see about a hundred students, probably most of whom I already know, filtering in and out of my room as they wish. If I don't recognize them, I'll introduce myself to them and give them a quick rundown of how things work in my room. Easy peasy, at least for that part. Once the bell rings, I usually assist with late registrations and late arrivals, and that is hectic and busy.
     
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    Our schedule is so hectic on day 1. I have five classes plus a homeroom and study hall period. We have an assembly at some point and our school news broadcast at some point. I basically have a letter for students to read that says to take home the parent contact form/rules thing/supply list and get that signed. Then, their first assignment is to complete a "All About Me" type thing. I try to get those collected. I then give a quick welcome talk. I usually don't have time to do more than that. I don't even get into rules and stuff until day 2.

    I sometimes play a type of ice breaker on day 1. I get a writing sample on day 2.
     
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    I had students color a regular folder with their favorite things that I keep all their data inside. It takes a LONG time and they literally can do for like 45 minutes since the arrival time is crazy!
     
  7. MissScrimmage

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    One year I had students decorate book marks. (Pre-cut strips of manilla tag). Super easy, low prep and they loved it. It also help set the tone for the year that reading is important and fun.
     
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    What kind of movie would you recommend for the first day of school? Unless it's a short, relevant clip, I'd go with a read aloud.
     
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    Don't feed the trolls. :p
     
  10. otterpop

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    What kind of instructions do you give for that? Are there any requirements? (I picture a few kids being done in a few minutes). I really like this idea.
     
  11. TrademarkTer

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    I guess that's how you got the name fun teacher.
     
  12. mrsammieb

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    We are not allowed to show any movies longer than 20 minutes. Doesn't that just bite the BIG one!
     
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    I teach first grade so when they walked it the folder was on their desk. I just told them they could decorate it with their favorite things. I made a sample as my folder and I had a pig (my favorite animal) my family, puppies, flowers, kinda random stuff on one side. Then on the other side I have a big rainbow that takes up the WHOLE folder. Inside I wrote statements like, School Rocks, I love first grade etc. So all space was full! I think with my example, they kinda knew what to expect. Then I just use that same folder every year. Some didn't finish and we are on week 2 and they are asking if they can go back to working on it. :)
     
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  14. otterpop

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    thanks so much for the detailed description! I think I may do this!
     
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  15. noyasysem

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    I prepared myself the day before the first arrival and I was ready for all reactions.
    But luckily all things were gone so fine even beyond my expectation.
    Of course I agree that the first day was so boring but I was lucky.
     
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    If it's a bunch of students I haven't met before, I play a 'get to know the teacher' type activity. E.g. Two lies and a truth and they try to guess what is true about me. Or I play a clean version of Never Have I Ever with the students - it's a great way to get to know them, them to know me, and for us all to have a laugh. E.g. Never have I ever stepped in dog poo; never have I ever rolled around in mud; never have I ever eaten a worm; never have I ever cried when I got a needle etc.
     

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