What a FANTASTIC first day of school at HPAS in Room 102!
I admitted to the students ... I was a little nervous :S So many new faces and people to meet!! But by dismissal - I couldn't believe how much fun we'd had and how fast it had all flown by!
Here are a few highlights:
Morning Entry - "I Spy" the Room - what are some things that are similar or different that your class from last year?
Read Aloud - The Night Before First Grade
Recess Routines - always eat a snack before you play, it gives you the energy you need! Ask a teacher wearing an orange sash if you need help solving a problem, want a drink from the water fountain or if you have to use the washroom.
Read Aloud - Don't Be Silly Mrs. Millie! What characteristics make a 'good teacher'? Students did a Think / Pair / Share; first we think quietly, just to ourselves, then we rotate on the carpet and pair up a few times to share our ideas with a small group, finally if they'd like to - students share their thoughts with the whole group!
Writing Journal - students did their first entry in their journals, either copying from the anchor chart we created as a class or coming up with their own ideas ... what makes a 'good teacher'?!
Lunch Routines - students were dismissed home, to daycare or to the lunchroom. DON'T FORGET TO PUT YOUR LUNCH BAG IN OUR YELLOW BIN! *We went searching for lost bags, hopefully they'll turn up soon.
Quiet Reading OR Work in your Math Folder or Word Work Folder
Music with Violet!
End of Day FREE TIME! Students rotated through various centres in our room - computers, listening centre, puppets, library and buddy reading, games, puzzles, bin toys, blocks ... you name it, we've got it!
Read Aloud to close out the day - First Day Jitters; even teachers get nervous :)
For some tips on how to ask your son or daughter about the first day, clickhere
Here's to a new school year :)
In our Room 108 Classroom Community, we foster an engaging, respectful and caring environment. I aim to balance a consistent program with flexible responsiveness to students' individual needs.