There are always many tasks teachers require to do at the start of working with a new class of pupils, whether starting back for a new school year, or a new group for a different area of work.
Many teachers have shared tools and tips for making that task just a bit easier – whether it’s fun activities to learn names of a class of pupils, or creating a seating plan, labels, or lists, or strategies for teaching with a new class which teachers have found work for them. The following links have been shared by teachers from around the world.
http://www.superteachertools.com/index.php has online games, a seating plan creator, a random name selector, timers, and a group creator – all from a name list a teacher uploads.
Sam Rangel created a list of 25 tips for a new school year in which tips and strategies are shared about how to prepare for a new class. These tips are explained more fully under headins such as Write It Somewhere , Take Stress Out of Tests, The Countdown, Making it Cute, Celebrity Assistants, and How Many Here.
Learning the names of pupils in a class is an important task and many teachers have shared their ideas for many different and imaginative ways for doing that on the Idea Exchange Blog. The Cybraryman has also created a list of ideas shared by others about how to learn pupil names at the Cybraryman website here.
Many teachers have contributed to the presentation “Interesting Ways to Get to know Your New Class.” This has fun and imaginative ideas to encourage pupils to share information with others about themselves.
Cybraryman’s website for teachers has a host of links to resources for preparing for a new class, including
BACK TO SCHOOL ICEBREAKERS
LEARNING STUDENTS’ NAMES
ORGANIZING YOUR CLASSROOM
Games & Utilities for the classroom, created by Jeff Ertzberger, comprising games and useful tools designed for use by a teacher with a class (with an interactive whiteboard or projected on a large screen). All of these use Microsoft Office (Word, Powerpoint or Excel) and can all be downloaded for free, and adapted to have text and images of your own choice. There are video tutorials explaining how to make your own custom version of each game or utility to make it more suitable for your class or subject being taught.
ICT magic Classroom management Tools – a collection of online tools to use in the classroom collated and described by Martin Burrett, including noise level indicators, points charts, and more.
Microsoft in Education – Teacher resources – School Templates is a collection of templates for use in Word, Powerpoint, Excel or Access specifically designed for classroom use. These templates are free to download and adapt as required. They include a seating plan creator, reporting templates, recording sheets for comments and results of assessments, classroom expectations template and more.
50 Ideas for Getting to Know your New Class – a series of ideas from contributors to the Times Educational Supplement (TES) of ideas to use on the first times you meet your new class. Note that a (free) user account is required to TES to access these resources.
Digital Icebreakers – a post by Shelly Terrell which makes use of mobile devices or other interactive online tools to provide activities for learners in an educational context to get to know each other and their new learning environments.
Pernille Ripp has created and shared a list of things which she will do with a new class in the first few days or weeks so that she can create the climate for learning in her class, get to know the pupils, and let them explore and share more about themselves.
Five-minute Film Festival: Classroom Makeovers to Engage Learners – a series of short videos collated by Amy Erin Borovoy which set out how changing how a classroom is laid out and the space used can change the learning environment.
Digital Activities & Icebreakers for Gen Y – a great post by Shelly Sanchez Terrell full of ideas for using digital technology, whether online tools, mobile device apps or tools, for short practical and engaging activities with learners to better get to know each other (and for the teacher to get to know them too). And at the same time the learners will be making use of a range of tools which can then be later used in other learning activities.
#1st5Days Scavenger Hunt – a creative way devised by teacher Joy Kirr to share different aspects of a new classroom how things are organised, where things can be found, what to do in different circumstances, and more, for pupils to find discover in a fun active way when in the new class for the first week. This links to audio, video (including a series of videos created by the teacher and shared on YouTube showing features of the classroom).