Well, today it was our first day so I had the chance to welcome the group of students I’ll be teaching this year in 4th ESO(UK Year 11/US Grade 10): wow, I’m exhausted!!! I’ve known them for a long time, some of them have been with me for three years now and they do not seem to have grown too mature during this time. ‘Though most of them are 15 and over, they’re still too noisy and..well, I guess playful is the word.
However, that was not the problem.Whenever you search for activities for the first week of your school year, most of them seem to be icebreakers for satudents who don’t know each other or who haven’t met their teacher before. As you may guess, with this particular group, that is not the case. So, what to do the very first day? Calling the register and greeting them back, 5 minutes.Telling them about the novel we’ll be reading or their assessment criteria, 5 more minutes… and then what?
This is what I came up with. I hope it gives you some inspiration!