Saturday, January 10, 2015

First Day From Winter Break

We had a blast our first day back from winter break.  I was a little worried that the students would be a bit tired and lack focus, but this was not the case!  They were eager to share their holiday experiences with classmates.  We did this by playing Find Somebody Who...  The students had to mill around the room to find students who did certain activities listed on a handout.  This got them up and moving and sharing all the fun and exciting things that went on over the break!  I love Find Somebody Who.. and was able to grab this freebie from Fourth and Ten.

I also wanted my students to focus on what they would need to do to make the rest of the school year a success for them.  This included letting me know, as their teacher, what would they need from me. So we reviewed writing SMART goals (Specific, Measureable, Acceptable, Reasonable, and Timely).  We also had a huge discussion on some things that they wanted me to consider changing. For example, I don't give very many study guides. Instead I provide other engaging tasks that take the place of study guides (that's another blog post!).  This, of course, was one of the things students want me to change.  So, I have decided to give out study guides; however, they will not be the kind that just gives them the answers.  They will require the students to think and to put in some work!  I can't wait to see their reactions when they get their first science study guide that I am currently working on!  So totally not what they are expecting!! :)

Anyway, students had to answer the following 4 questions:  
1.  Our classroom should be ________ everyday.
2.  What is one SMART goal you have the 2015?
3.  In order to be successful in 2015 I will _______.
4.  What do you need from Ms. Scriven in order to be successful for the remaining of the school year?

Students had a great time with this activity and I enjoyed the discussions that came along with it! Now it's time for us to hit the ground running so students can begin working on some of their SMART goals!  What did you do the first day back from winter break? I would love to hear from you!

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