I had all summer to plan my first few days, but I just couldn't find the perfect thing. At my school, all teachers are required to hand out the syllabus day 1, but I didn't want to spend the whole time reading it. Last year I focused on procedures at the beginning, this year I wanted to focus more on relationships with my students and math. I have heard from all my blog-reading that it is OK to save procedures for a few days.
So I set out to search for some good lessons. While watching the #globalmath session My Favorites (you can view it here), I got lots of good ideas. I knew right away that @misterpatterson 's Spaced Out sticky note lesson (you can find it an other lessons here) would be AMAZING for my intervention students. It would address number sense and the usefulness of Algebraic thinking. It is a perfect fit with my first unit as it also asks students to create an expression for a situation. There were lots of other great ideas, so I followed links provided by @jreulbach to look at what other people have done on the first day. I ended up really enjoying the By the Numbers introduction that I found from @AmberDCaldwell here. I thought I could tie it into the decorating ISNs I have seen.
So here's what I did:
For my topics/intervention classes, I modified Spaced Out to meet my student's needs a little bit better. Here is a link to the document I used: Spaced Out (modified by me) . I gave a brief introduction to myself and the class and then had the students begin working.
|Spaced Out (modified by me)|
After watching my students working through levels 1 and 2 on Thursday and Friday, I wish I had added a level between 2 and 3 that was something like this: A table is 300 cm long, how much space will be between the five sticky notes? Hopefully that would push them toward think algebraically instead of just through guess and check. We will finish it up on Monday. I set them up at the end of the day on Friday with a hint about calculating the space rather than guess and check; I'm hoping that will get things moving a little more quickly on Monday.
In my Algebra classes I used a Mrs. Freed By the Numbers matching activity to introduce myself a little bit more. Here is what they saw:
I did also introduce ISNs and give them their syllabus. I showed them how it folds up so that we can tape it into their notebooks. Looking forward to doing that with them on Monday when I set the deadline for having a composition book!
Thanks for reading about my first days!