Teachers! There isn’t a more anxiety-provoking day than the first day of school. Am I right? There is so much uncertainty (and excitement) about the first day. We don’t know the 30 or 150 students who will shape our every day for the next 10 months. We want to make sure we’re over prepared and that our lessons shine on those first days so that we can set a positive tone.
Over the next few blog posts, I am going to share my best tips, tricks, and teaching ideas to help you stop the stress and anxiety. I will give you tons of great ideas on how to have the best first week ever!
During the first weeks of school, I typically have two priorities. First, I want my students to feel excited about school. Second, I want to set the right tone for the year. I want them to know their teacher is kind and fun, yet firm. I also want them to know that they will have a lot of fun in our class, but that they must also be kind to one another because we are a family.
One of the best things I have ever done with my students is reinforce family and build community on those first few days of school. I do it through team building activities.
Most teachers understand that the first days of school are critical for establishing a culture of community. It will set the right tone for the rest of the year and promote a positive classroom learning environment.
To do this, you have to come out of the gate and build those positive relationships on the first few days of school. This will build a sense of community in the classroom and motivate students to participate and engage. In addition, building a community within your classroom will help your students feel safe to learn and grow. But remember, this sense of community doesn’t just happen on its own.
I’ve got you covered with 30 Back-to-School Team Building Activities for those first weeks. I’ve included hands-on activities, crafts, simple call out games, math activities, literacy activities, and so much more.
I’ve even included literacy connections for you to hit some of the standards.
Teachers need to ask and learn about the unique abilities and qualities in each child. By doing this, you are helping to cultivate a positive learning community in which students feel like their contributions are valued.
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Whether you want to do a whole-class activity, partner activity, small-group activity, craft, etc. you will find an activity that your students will enjoy to start the year off right! Make memories, have fun, and enjoy your kids!
Each activity includes explicit instructions on how to complete the activity, and if necessary, any printables needed to complete the activity.
Every single activity shown above PLUS fourteen more activities that are not shown are included in my Back-to-School Team Building Activities. Remember, you can use these activities all year long. These are not limited to the back-to-school season.
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