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Lesson Plans

first day/HS

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Fri, 13 Aug 1999 12:49:31 EDT

the first day of school i give my students two forms to fill out. one asks
them about themselves (i.e.-- name three of your favorite movies and tell me
why you like them/three favorite musicians, etc). the other is about their
expectations for the class and asks them what they would like to learn, how
they would grade art projects, what their previous experience is. this helps
me get to know my kids, allows them to write about what they like and have
one day of quiet in their hectic first day. it also helps me guide the class
so that it works for everyone. i don't totally change the class, but i
incorporate their ideas so that the projects work for everyone.

the next day i give my students projects that they can do at home if need be
(the grid puzzle from "how to draw real people" or upside-down drawings,
etc). i don't know about other high schools, but our classes really doesn't
have a fixed population until the end of the second week. these projects are
good when you have so many people adding and dropping. i don't assign
materials or lockers until we're into the middle of the 2nd week or later.

i'd like to hear other strategies for the first weeks of school.

amy bouse

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