After reading the #mssunfun and hearing(reading) so many posts about not starting the year like a robot I'm inspired to not even mention my syllabus until our third (and first full 90 minute block) class. Now, school is still a week and a half away from starting, so my plans are not set yet, but here are some of the ideas that have most struck me.

- Google doc survey. There's your homework for the first day. And it's all saved there in my gdocs so I can get a hold of a student or parent even when I'm on vacation in Tahiti. (lol)
- By the numbers quiz. Love the idea of making the kids think I'm giving them a quiz the first day, and then having it actually be about me! Also giving them the opportunity to share about themselves. Nice posts on this here and here.
- Who Am I Chart - I know it's Dan Meyer's but I can't seem to find his actual post about it. Here's the chart the kids fill in.
- Algebra 2 Graphing Stories - which I will use for Algebra 2 and Calculus

And then in no particular order, here are some of the ideas I stole off the Middle School list,

- 31 Game
- Nametag/Feedback card
- Vacation Human Bingo
- Sherlock Holmes
- Rice/Gold on a Chessboard
- Puzzles for Geometry and Algebra 2
- Block Games
- Watermelon in the desert problem

Read through the rest of the middle school math teachers' first day posts HERE

Sounds like a great plan with a good variety of activities! Glad you've got a tiny bit of stability and ONLY 3 preps this year. Good luck! Thanks for organizing our posts, by the way!

ReplyDeleteHey, Thanks for posting my blog entry and for that Algebra 2 graphing stories worksheet. I think I will use that in my class soon!

ReplyDeleteGraphing Stories was published in NCTM Mathematics Teacher magazine over 15 years ago. I have used it every year since I saw it. It is a good start to math dialogues.

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