I'm republishing the post from last September about the first day of school you may find useful
Icebreakers here or here:
The following is something I found when looking for Icebreakers for the first day!....
First-Day-of-School Icebreakers Help Students and Teachers Warm Up!
Are you looking for the perfect way to get to know your students and help them get to know one another? You'll find it here! This week, Education World offers more than 15 creative icebreakers from our readers.
This is the Education World story that won't quit! Each year at this time, creative teachers share with Ed World readers their favorite first-day-of-school activities. Each year, Ed World readers respond by sharing new ideas! This year, we're pleased to share 19 brand-new, teacher-tested ideas for getting to know your new students!
'LAY DOWN THE LAW' AND THEN...
Like many teachers, Suzanne Meyer feels compelled to use part of the first day of classes to "lay down the law." She shares her plans for the year ahead as well as class rules and expectations. A few years ago, however, Meyer, the K-12 instructional technology coordinator in the Hilton (New York) Central School District, decided to turn the tables.
"After doing my 'routine,' I asked students for their expectations of me," Meyer told Education World. "For three years in a row, I have found that this approach builds powerful bridges to understanding between me and my students.
"Because adolescents are in 'take in' mode early in the school year, you
- Now that I've told you my expectations of a good student, what are your expectations of a good teacher?
- Tell me about the best teacher you've ever had. What made that person such a good teacher?
- Now that I've told you some of my ideas about how we will go about learning this year's material, tell me about how you learn best. Give me an example of a project or unit where you learned a lot. Describe the project in detail.