Beginning Board Reports
I used this technique successfully with World History and American History classes, as well as with special education classes, to help students get settled and start work immediately upon entering my classroom. I always have a brief assignment for students to work on. I call it the Board Report. Most of the time, I write directions on the board and leave it visible for 5-7 minutes while I take attendance, deal with absentee/tardy notes, missing homework, etc. After this short amount of time, I cover the information with a pull-down map.
On occasion, the Board Report is a printed crossword or hidden word puzzle; other times, it’s a list of terms or items to review for the upcoming test.
Having and completing each day’s “Board Report” earns the student 20% of their notebook grade, which is a major part of the report card mark.