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To do on the first day of school. Change the questions to be used in high school. "What do you want to learn?" "What do you need to work on?" "How can I help you succeed" "Set three goals for yourself." etc... Keep in the classroom year-round as a reminder to students.


Kids brainstorm what a terrific teacher is, does, says, and is not. Great ice breaker for the first week, maybe as a carousel activity


Students need to feel safe, respected, and cared for by the teacher and classmates. Here are five ways to establish and maintain a positive classroom community throughout the school year.


freebie friday and good character bingo

Nice brainstorming activity for discussing what a good classmate is, does, and says. Would work well at the beginning of the year.

I love these class expectations-they're hanging up in my gym now! Krissy Venosdale does a great job at creating posters for the classroom, make sure to check them out!


Anchor Charts

Teaching With a Mountain View: Anchor Charts--> all of these are absolutely wonderful and I plan to use them a lot this year!!!


Teachers Are Terrific!: Great first day of school activity for setting classroom norms. I've seen this with what do you need from your teacher, but I like it with classmates as well.