Activities to Start the Year

August 31, 2017
Begin by asking students, "What do you need to feel safe, comfortable, and excited to learn?" The beginning of the school year is the ideal time to start building a positive classroom climate. One…
September 10, 2013
Materials Hugg-a-planet or other "talking piece" (See our Introduction to Circles activity for an explanation of talking pieces.)  Paper or large index cards and markers Print out of poem or poem…
September 9, 2013
To the Teacher:   This activity uses a circle format (see our Introduction to Circles) to help students consider values that are important to them and the class -- without putting students on the…
September 4, 2012
Objectives   Students will: share their names and a high point of their summer stand up to learn about similarities and differences in the classroom community begin considering what kind of…
November 7, 2011
The beginning of the school year is an especially good time for community-building activities. Use them to help set a positive tone with students and to create routines that your class can use…
January 30, 2007
This is a good activity to do with students at the beginning of a course. It provides a quick way for students to connect with one another and helps them overcome initial shyness in a new situation…