Using your LMS, Google Docs, PollEverywhere, or DailyMeet, ask students these two questions:
Transitioning to a new school can be difficult. How do you feel so far about school?
I feel great!
I still feel a little nervous
I feel afraid
Sometimes, classroom procedures are unclear to students (What should I do when I need to sharpen a pencil?). Have you ever received a warning for doing something when you thought you were following classroom procedures?
Once students complete the poll, post the responses for the classroom to see, make sure not to identify student’s answers associated with names in front of the class! That information is for you to know, therefore you can provide each student with the support he/she needs.
This will give you great insight as to how your new students feel on campus as well as a glimpse into the general feel of your students.
2 DIRECT INSTRUCTION
Once you have released the poll results to students, tell students that teachers can make mistakes! Especially when it comes to making sure that every student is aware of the classroom procedures. When students transfer to a larger school, and have six teachers daily, things can get confusing! Additionally, students need to know how important procedures are for both the student and teachers. Therefore, "we are going to carefully and diligently review and discuss classroom procedures."
This activity serves as a beginning of the year activity and introduction/anticipatory set to your classroom procedures (management). Students especially enjoy completing this activity in pairs/groups. It also serves as a great ice breaker and something that you might want students to keep as a reminder should a student need to reflect on classroom procedures/behavior. Additionally, the activity promotes the use of higher order thinking skills and requires that students respond in academic prose and while sharing - academic language. Sentence starters are available for language support, and model the first two questions for students (thinking aloud) and then ask students to complete the next two with you!
If whole class instruction, students will complete the handout (10-15 minutes) and share out ideas and make any corrections necessary in the solution column. Next they will move on to the All About Me activity.
Here is the handout.
What should I do when...
Respond with a prediction:
Was your prediction correct? If so, confirm it was correct, if not, state the correct procedure.
|I don't understand something?|
|the phone rings/someone knocks at the door?|
|I enter the classroom?|
|I need to find an assignment?|
|I need to get the teacher's attention?|
|I return to class from being absent?|
|the bell rings?|
|my pencil breaks?|
|we hear an emergency alarm?|
|I finish my work?|
|I have a question?|
|I need to throw something away?|
|I need to use the restroom?|
|I am tardy?|
it is time to turn in work?
|we change groups/move about the room?|
Two questions I still have...
If class is split in two groups *students complete an online survey – All About Me! where you have created a screen-cast introducing the All About Me digital assignment/survey. Students will watch the screen cast prior to completing the digital survey. (Survey Monkey, LMS, or Google Forms).
Below is the survey.
It's All ABOUT Me!
Please take your time and complete this survey.
My name is... *
(Make sure to include your first and last name.)
My favorite sport is... *
If I could spend the whole day doing something, it would be... *
I’m really good at... *
I have a hard time... *
My favorite subject in school is... *
My LEAST favorite subject is... *
This year I expect to learn...
To be successful this year, I need to
I always keep my back pack neat and organized. *
Sometimes, I have a hard time finding my class work/homework. *
When asked to do a math problem, I feel... *
(Check two boxes (words) that describe how you feel. )
When my teachers ask me to read, I feel... *
(Check two boxes (words) that describe how you feel. )
In the past, my teachers have told me I am/I am a *
(Check at least two boxes!)
nice to others
The traits I would like to see in a teacher are... *
easy to talk to
listens to me
About Home Technology *
(Select the choice that best matches your situation.)
I have a computer at home and internet access.
I have a computer at home, but no internet access.
I do not have a computer at home.
Technology - computers *
Select the choice that best matches your feelings
I feel comfortable using a computer.
I feel somewhat comfortable using a computer.
I do not feel comfortable using a computer.
Something I want my teacher to know...
One question I have for Ms. Mackin is... *
3 GUIDED PRACTICE
Randomly select students to help you complete the next three items on the handout (the handout can projected by an Elmo or smartboard. Have students complete the items while you read aloud and check for understanding.
If on computers (All About Me) see survey above.
4 INDEPENDENT PRACTICE
Students complete the handout and/or survey.
Teacher assesses students' progress.
Ticket out the door (either LMS, Google Docs (form), or post-its
What is the most important classroom procedure and why?
If a student has stated he/she feels afraid to be in school, what would be the best way to help them feel more comfortable/safe?
Select one classroom procedure, how would you improve the procedure and why?
Key Standards Supported
Speaking & Listening
Present claims and findings, sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, images, music, sound) and visual displays in presentations to clarify information.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.