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Back To School

11 Sep

This is our back to school week. I started planning about a week ago. I wrote down all the strategies ,methods ,activities and games  I used last year and categorized them based on students’ results . Next, I highlighted the obstetrical and brainstormed ideas to over come them.

Normally, I set up the educational goals based on the curriculum but since I still don’t know which one we will be teaching this year, I concentrated on the  Firsts : First impressions and First activity.

Every teacher should start with a positive tune not rules and regulations.I looked for activities that will allow me to get to know the new students better, while giving them the chance of knowing more about me and also breaking the ice .

I plan to introduce myself on the 1st day . Get to know the students’ names. Then we will do these activities:

My Favorite Things !!!

1- I’ll write some unscramble words on the board. These  are a list of my favorite things.

2- Students will work in groups to try to unscramble the words.

3- After all of the words have been unscrambled, I’ll ask the students to name a category  or topic for all the words.

4- If the students can not guess, I tell them they have just discovered my favorite things.

5-Then Students will  create some scrambled words of their own. We will unscramble their lists during the rest of the week .

Snowball Fight!!!

1- Give the students a clean sheet of  paper.

2-Have them write 2-3 unique things about themselves.It doesn’t have to be a complete sentence.

3-Tell them NOT to put their name on the paper.

4-Next, have them crunch the paper into a ball.

5-Have them stand in a large circle around the room.

6-Then allow them one full minute to have a snowball fight!Emphasizing on not hitting the face.

7-When one minute is up, have them pick up the paper a “snowball” nearest to them, unfold it, and take turns trying to guess who it is.

Desert Island!!!

Announce, ‘You’ve been exiled to a deserted island for a year. In addition to the essentials, you may take one piece of music, one book  and one luxury item you can carry with you i.e. not a boat to leave the island! What would you take and why?’ Allow a few minutes for the students to write  their list of three items, before sharing their choices with the rest of the group.

I’m always nervous on first days and I`m sure that`s a good thing because it means we care 🙂


Let the Journey Begins

11 Sep

I’ve been pondering starting a blog for 2years but today I took the plunge. I’ll post things I’ve learned as a teacher for 13 years , activities, links and personal thoughts. I’m very excited to start this blog and looking forward to hearing from those of you who are joining me in this journey .What do I hope to gain from this experience? I hope to inspire others to step outside their comfort zone. I hope to create a place where everyone, including myself, can learn how to become a better teacher and serve their community.