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Assigning Seats
Before the first day of school, I make up seating charts for each class period in alphabetical order keeping the seating boy/girl as much as possible. Instead of having the students stand up while I c...
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Before the School Year
Before school begins in the fall, I invite all my students and their parents/guardians for a special back-to-school night in my classroom. In this informal setting, we all get to know each other and t...
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Biography Poems
I use a biography poem to get to know my students. I ask my students to write a biography poem based on themselves. On the handout given to them, I create an example about myself so that the students ...
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Cards for Substitute Educators
Ms. Newman uses index cards and labels to help substitutes with a variety of tasks: taking roll, tracking behavior, assigning groups, etc. Read about how using this simple stack of cards can make life easier for you, the sub, and your students.
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Class Autobiographies
Ms. Pitchford shares a unique book-making activity that will help student teachers get to know you and your students quickly, help them feel welcome, and enable them to hit the ground running from day one.
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Durable Name Tags
Working on nametags this summer? Here’s a way to make them readable and durable to last the entire school year.
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End of the Day Confusion
Since our school is a neighborhood school, children leave school in a variety of ways. Some ride busses, some walk, and some are picked up by car, while others go to a local day care. This can make di...
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Faces and Names
I take pictures of the students on the first day of school and create a class book with all their pictures and a bit of information about them. Then when the book rotates home with different students,...
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Learning About Each Other
With this get-to-know-you activity, Ms. Herbert’s fourth-grade students practice their conversational skills, learn proper etiquette, and learn just about everything they ever wanted to know about their teacher.
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Learning Names
I photocopy my seating charts onto transparencies and put colored paper behind them, using a different colored paper for each class. The charts are magnetized and I leave them up on the blackboard all...
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