Once upon a time children could rely on the stories they read to thrill, amuse, educate and even scare them. Geraldine McCaughrean, who has written more than books, said there was now a range of topics that are no longer deemed acceptable for young readers. According to this article, literature for adolescents and young adults seems to have gone through a process of volunteer censorship. If you are a writer of this genre and this is your way of making a living you are naturally going to write to the preferences of the publisher.
A few classroom management suggestions on how you can help to minimize your Plan a Scavenger Hunt This could involve students searching the classroom to find things like the pencil sharpener or the hall pass, or it could ask them to discover which of their classmates took a long trip over the summer or who has a younger brother.
Assess Learning Styles or Multiple Intelligences For older students, the first day of school can be a great chance to find out more about how they learn.
There are many different learning style inventories available online. Find out the many different ways your students are smart by having them complete a multiple intelligences assessment. Have students share these results.
Of course, the self-portrait will be most effective if you do one of yourself, too. Create a Time Capsule Have students create a sample of their current work -- for example, have students take a pre-test, write a paragraph or even video tape them reading aloud or speaking in a foreign language.
Introducing Your Subject s For some teachers, the first step is helping students to understand what they are going to learn this year. Give them a series of true and false statements about the content of the course and have them guess the right answers.
Or do a demonstration experiment and have students guess about the results. If you teach English, try this trick: You may get kids begging to start the book!
Start with a Challenge This is especially effective for older students or for classes in which you want to set a specific tone. Give students an assignment that will really challenge them.
One drama teacher actually starts her beginning drama class by making students do an audition where they read a speech aloud in front of the class. If you teach an AP class, why not start the first day by giving the students part of a practice AP exam? The students will see them soon enough — just jump right in!
Begin with a Book This approach is especially effective for non-language arts teachers. Find a book that puts a different spin on your subject and share it or part of it on the first day.
Whatever method you choose, the first day of school offers a great opportunity to learn about your students and set the tone for a terrific school year! What activities do you use on the first day of school? Share in the comments section! From back to school games and activities to organizational tips and handy, turnkey lesson plans, TeachHUB.themed package Winter-Themed Classrooon Resources.
By Phil Nast, retired middle school teacher and freelance writer. These K lessons, activities, and resources will help develop an understanding of the mechanisms that bring about seasonal change and how animals have adapted to them.
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