The summer always feels so long at the beginning and so short at the end….
It’s getting that time again — a new school year.
I have an extensive chapter in my book, Helping Students Motivate Themselves, on getting the school year off to a good start, and I thought I’d also share here some free online resources.
Here are my choices for The Best Resources For Planning The First Day Of School:
I’ve got to start off with a previous post titled Answers To “What Do You Do On The First Day Of School?” There, I shared what I do on the first day, and many other teachers shared their strategies, too.
My Teachers Leaders Network colleague Jane Fung wrote a two-part article on this topic for Education Week Teacher. See “Teaching Secrets: The First Days of School (Part 1)” and Teaching Secrets: The First Days of School (Part 2).
Another talented TLN colleague, Elena Aguilar, wrote Teaching Secrets: First Days in the Elementary Classroom.
Peter Pappas, as always, has some very creative and useful ideas at First Day of School? Here’s How to Get Students Thinking.
Education.com shares a number of first day ideas, and I can’t endorse all of them. But I particularly like one — having students share their high points from the previous year. Not only could that be energizing, but a teacher could learn a whole lot about their students based on what they say.
Over the past few months, I’ve recommended several posts from Gary Rubenstein’s blog, and here’s another one — this time, about the first day of school. His book, Beyond Survival, also has many more hints — about the first day and beyond.
30 Interesting Ways To Get To Know Your New Class comes from Tom Barrett.
Eva Buyuksimkesyan published a fabulous 24th Edition of EFL/ESL/ELL Blog Carnival chock full of “Warmers, Fillers and 1st Week Activities.” This is a Blog Carnival that teachers will be referring to for years to come!
And here’s a ESL Carnival on a similar topic, hosted by David Deubelbeiss.
Getting To Know You comes from the Learning Is Messy blog.
Shelly Terrell has created another very useful Slideshare presentation, “10+ Getting to Know You Activities for Teens & Adults”:
I did a three-part series at Education Week on starting the new year off well…..
Back-to-School in the ELL Classroom is from Colorin Colorado.
Listening to Students is an excellent post by Elena Aguilar.
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