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First Few Days of School

Jessica Morana Second Year 6th Grade English Teacher in New Jersey

I'm a second year teacher who is starting fresh after a hectic first year. I'm trying to ease my mind a bit by trying to create a list of routines that I want to integrate into my classroom this year. I would introduce these routines and practice them over the first few days on school. Last year, I explained rules and went over classroom procedures, are there any ways to jazz this up? My school is really into stations and I thinking of introducing the station model while creating getting-to-know-the-classroom-or-teacher type activities at each station. Any thoughts? How do you get kids excited about middle school English on the very first day?

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Community Manager at Edutopia

Hi Jessica, One of our

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Hi Jessica,

One of our bloggers polled 220 of her eighth graders, asking them directly about what engages them. I think you'll find the results interesting. If nothing else, their responses may help inspire or trigger your own thinking.

Heather Wolpert-Gawron's "Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement" at:

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/student-engagement-stories-heather-wolpert-...

Edu Consultant. Blogger & Social Media Marketing at Edutopia

Hi Jessica, This is a great

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Hi Jessica,
This is a great question! We had an awesome new teacher chat last night on this topic: Planning for the First Days of School. Take a look at the archive and I know you will get some amazing ideas: http://storify.com/teachingwthsoul/new-teacher-chat-ntchat-on-7-31-13
I also have a Pinterest Board with resources: http://pinterest.com/teachingwthsoul/back-to-school/

Let me know if you find an idea that supports you!
Cheers,
-Lisa

Community Manager at Edutopia

Also, what about trying a

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Also, what about trying a Think Aloud strategy? Elena Aguilar used it with success for her own middle school English classes.

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/think-aloud-strategy-oldie-but-goodie-elena...

Second Year 6th Grade English Teacher in New Jersey

Thank you! These are great!

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Thank you! These are great!

Community Manager at Edutopia

Awesome! I'm glad we could

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Awesome! I'm glad we could help out.

First Grade Teacher from U.A.E.

Hi, I'll go for ice breakers.

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Hi,
I'll go for ice breakers. grade six students are semi teenagers and care a lot about their social life. so I think if they make friends and feel secured, they are going to participate more in setting the rules and abide them.

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