The first few days of school can be tough. I can recall the sleepless night before the first day of school. I wasn't sure if I had planned enough so my classes wouldn't be bored. I feared that I had put the wrong names on the desks. I feared my class numbers would continue to grow making labs and movement around the room uncomfortable. And just what would we do on the first day - I couldn't start on any content, so what would we do? What about the rest of the first week, how would I ease into the content?
A few important suggestions before I list possible activities. Be firm yet kind. You likely intend for the class to be fun and engaging with activities and great discussions, but this may not take place for a few days. The first days should be calm and engaging. Students should raise hands to be recognized to speak. Greet students at the door and tell them to find their name card at their assigned seat. Do not allow students to change seat assignments immediately. Manage this closely. If students realize that they can change your mind, things can become chaotic. be firm, yet kind. You may be a first year teacher and you may be nervous. Do everything you can to minimize confusion.
This post is dedicated to offering some ideas for the first few days of school in a Science classroom.
Measurement and Lab Materials
Review the Scientific Method
Discuss current Science news
Teach about data analysis
Kimberly G. Massey
Science Instructional Specialist, Rock Hill Schools of York County
The views/opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Rock Hill Schools of York County SC.
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