We've all been there and most have done it. The first week of school is the hardest! New students, setting up routines, taming behaviors, assessments and more. Each year, I think oh this year the first week will be so much easier, I've done it before, WRONG! I am always so nervous, never sure what to do, and I have a fear I will forget a procedure or I won't set expectations high enough, or question if they like me, if I'll be good ect.
This year, I'm calling it an adventure. I am in a new grade, with the same students from two years ago, with a whole new curriculum and I am nervous! I have started to plan, but I can't do the same thing I've always done. I would love to hear some of your ideas for back to school activities for the upper grades especially. I have done many great things in the past that I am going to share, I hope maybe you find these useful.
I have read First Day Jitters, which is amazing! Also to teach about character and being happy with you are I have read Chrysanthemum, and this year I am reading the Name Jar, which also helps you realize that you are special regardless of what others think. To show that you treat others is important I have read Have you Filled a Bucket Today, this is a FABULOUS book about how everyone carries around an invisible bucket and it's full when you do nice things for others and it's empty when you do mean things to others. I love to read a book a day that teachers during the first week! Any suggestions?? I LOVE reading to my students, no matter what age!
I have also done the basics like classroom scavenger hunts, people scavenger hunts, and time capsules. I love the time capsule, and the kids love opening it at the end of the year! They realize that they change so much in a year! What are some of your favorite activities??
One activity I love to do to model mutual respect that I have for the students is do draw two posters. One of Miss Nelson, from Miss Nelson is missing and one of David from No David. I have the students share the expectations they have of me, and then they share expectations they have of themselves. It's a great way to see what they expect.
I am so excited to meet my kids and get the first week under my belt. :) Bye bye summer, see you next year!!!