Hi everyone! I've enjoyed the 1st day ideas and thought I'd add mine, even
though this discussion, too, has died down a bit.
This year is different for us because it is the first year of a new block
schedule, which I'm really excited about. So, on the first day this year, I'm
going to give each of my students a Kaleidoscope profile which is a learning
styles tool based on sensory, perception and organization and temperament
preferences. I'll have a workshop based on their results and then the following day
give guidance and the students a typed up version of what the results say
about them as students and learners.
This way, the kids who are reluctant about staying in an academic class for
90 minutes will know how they learn best and can advocate for themselves.
So this gave me the idea for the parents on Open House night (which always
comes too early) to see how their kids learn. I also will give the parents
passwords for the online grading program that I use and show slides of their kids
at work on their initial projects.
On the 2nd day, I think I'll start with an art project that everyone really
loved last year. Going outside and using spray paint, stencil letters, cut up
strawberry containers and other textures, kids create a textured background
for a portrait they will draw (on good drawing paper) with colored pencils and
add this portrait on top of the background with 3D O's creating a shadow. I
think this idea came from a combination of lessons from this list. Sorry I
can't remember names either!
Anyway, my 1st day will be a little different, but also won't be based on
rules and expectations -- like you all said, those will come!