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July 21, 2005

Lesson Planning - Breaking the Ice on the First Day of School

Good morning everyone!

The first day of school is upon us, and it doesn't matter whether you're an experienced teacher or a new one--you're likely to have the first day jitters.

But guess what? So are your students! Just as you’re waiting to get a feel for your new students, they are watching you to see what type of teacher you’re going to be . . .

. . . The best thing to do on this first, tension-filled day is to break the ice. How? Why not involve everyone (including yourself) in an activity so no one will have TIME to be nervous. Here’s a suggestion:

Write down some questions on small sheets of paper, fold them up and place them in a box. (The number of questions will vary depending on the size of the class, but plan on about five per student.) Make some of the questions serious, such as “How old are you?” or “Do you have a sister?” (Watch for cultural no-no’s here), and make some of them silly. (“Do you believe in Santa Claus?”)

Have the students each randomly select five questions and hand them an interview sheet. The goal is to talk to five different people and ask each of them a different question. They will have to write down the name of the person interviewed (this will help them get to know their classmates) and then log their answers. Plan on 45 minutes to an hour for this fun first class!

Let me know how it works!

Until next time,


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Posted by msimmons at July 21, 2005 03:10 PM

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