Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Back to School!

Leslie Peterson

Today was my first day back to school as a teacher. Our first day with students is on Monday, so I'm gearing up.

I'm thinking of doing an "All About Me" poster with the kids. We'll take pictures of them and have them write or draw about things they like and hang them up. Art activities seem to be a good place to start with kids.

We'll also be making a "Good Choices" board (thanks to my mentor teacher for the idea!) after a discussion about making good and bad choices. I'm hoping this will be a way to facilitate a discussion about my expectations without lecturing. You know like, "giving a hi-five is a good choice, punching is a bad choice." Ha. Special education is always (thank goodness) an adventure.

Here are some other great first day activity ideas: Kid Activities

I'm looking for some good learning type music to play for the kids. Ideas?

And because every teacher, parent, and student needs a good laugh: Happy Place


  1. It just depends on your students' special needs. My kids love all sorts of music. One way to use it is as part of a routine/scheduled part of the day, i.e. end-of-day clean-up, transitions, etc.

    As far as 'choices,' let the kids choose 'cause they'll have more ownership. That said, keep it simple - no more than 3-5 expectations. In addition, they must be positive (not, "No hitting").

    You'll be awesome, Gwen.

  2. Hah! We are on the same wavelength! I love the "All about me" idea. I loved when teachers wanted to know who I was instead of just lecturing me.

  3. Thanks Anne, great tips! Can't wait for Monday!


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