January 1, 2019

Surviving the First Week After a Break

Confessions of a Frazzled Teacher

If you are reading this in real time, Happy New Year! I hope you are enjoying your time off. I definitely have been enjoying mine. While I have been trying not to think about school, it has crossed my mind a few times. Because of that, I thought I would share a few activities that can be easily done the first week after a break with little to no prep.

Reviewing Procedures Carousel

One of my favorite activities involves me writing locations on chart paper like classroom, lunchroom, hallway, etc. I divide students into groups and send them to a paper. They get a small amount of time, like 3-4 minutes, to write as many things as they can to show behavior, how they should act, what they should look like in these locations, etc. I then rotate the groups to a different location. They repeat the steps of adding information but first have to read what is already written. They should not duplicate information. This gets students to think beyond the basics. It gets harder as each group cycles through. Because of this, I add time in each rotation. I also make sure to pair higher/lower readers together. Once all groups have cycled through all the locations, we come together to share what was learned. Definitely modify this activity to work for your class.

Recommendation - Give each group a certain color marker so you know who has contributed what information.

Procedure Pantomime

Have students brainstorm a list of basic rules/procedures. Write these down on note cards. Pull these note cards (a few each day) and have students act out the scenarios. This will definitely give them a great visual of how they should act!

New Years Goal Setting

I created simple task cards that can be used to have students practice setting their own goals for various areas of their lives as well as reminding them of classroom basics. This is a free download for you. Just click the pic below to get your free copy.


New Years Task Cards

What are you doing the first week back?

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