I’m going to blog about my first day last year, although I’m not sure that this is what I’m going to do for my first day this year. The kids loved it, but I love changing things up each year. So, I look forward to reading all of these great posts to see what you all are doing!
As I am sure that most of you would agree, I hate going over the rules and procedures in class, but I really want my kids (and parents) to know them. There are only 32 students in each grade and we do most of our, “Hi, My name is…” in advisory the first day, so I really don’t need to play get to know each other (or me) games.
Last year our school went one to one for the first time with middle school. For most students, this is the first time they have ever had their own computer, and they are very eager to use it. I use a wiki daily in all of my classes. The students need to access it every day so it is important that they can find it as well as find their way around it. So, I decided to have them complete a Wiki Quest in order to familiarize them with my wiki, gather information about them, and get them to read my polices and procedures.
The Wiki Quest has them:
- Bookmark our class webpage for daily reference
- Send me an email so they can add me to their contacts
- Fill out a GDoc Survey
- Check out my LiveBinder and email the link to their parents.
- Read my polices and procedures (and copy down important info like what they need to bring to class each day and when I assign homework).
All students finished within the class period last year. Those who finished early got to start on their first homework assignment. The first assignment is a short cumulative review and instructions to ask their parents to read my LiveBinder.