Monday, 8 July 2013

Guest Post - Start the Year off Right! ~ Tabitha Savage.

This is a guest post written by Tabitha Savage. She is currently an instructional coach for an elementary school in her district and she writes about an engaging game perfect for a back to school ice breaker activity! Read on. :)

   Although it's summer for most of us, we all know what teachers start doing this time of year- planning for our next group of sweet faces! If you’re like me, you want the first week to run as smoothly as possible.  I’d venture to bet that our first week of school is most often the lesson plans that are most complete, as we’ve had all summer to think about how we want to start the year with our new students!

I learned early on that there’s power in preparation. My natural instinct would be to jump right in to the curriculum and start teaching all the standards- after all, 180 days will be gone before you know it!

Instead, I’d like to challenge you to plan your first week back to school differently this year. 

Challenge #1- Spend adequate time getting to know EACH of your children.
This seems like an obvious thing to do the first week back to school, but in the rush of it all I’ve found this is the one (arguably the most powerful) thing we can do to change the lives of our students, but it always seems to go on the back burner when we’re on system overload. Your students want to be loved by you- they NEED a personal relationship with you. Once that relationship is formed, you’ll see your students rise to meet your expectations academically. Build the relationship NOW and benefit from it the rest of the year.

Need help getting to know something special about each child? Check out my “Back to School Seat Scoot Activity” on Students move around the room answering cards about themselves and the things they like. Next, students will find someone else in the room who has a similar interest! This is my all time favorite “get to know you” activity, and I’m sure you’ll love it too!

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  Check out many more activities and back to school treasures at Tabitha's store right here.

Thank you for reading, wishing you awesome and stress-free back to school days!

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