1. Kback to school.pngA Day in the Life of a Teacher: A Poem Dedicated to Teachers and Students for the New School Year written by Robyn Shulman, M.Ed. It’s dedicated to the students and teachers for the new school year.
  2. (NP) Here's an activity I've used. Sit students in pairs, back-to-back with paper and colored pencils or markers. One person describes themselves while the other student, writes the student's name and creates a visual representation of what they hear - doodles are perfect here. Second person repeats the activity. Students then introduce the other person, and drawings are posted in the classroom.
  3. Resources for the first day of school - http://cybraryman.com/firstday.html
  4. Read Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess before the first day of school if you want to start the year off getting students ready to learn!
  5. Need some ice breakers to get things rolling? Try these sites for ideas!
    1. http://pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=ice%20breakers&rs=ac&len=6
    2. 40 ice breakers for small groups - http://insight.typepad.co.uk/40_icebreakers_for_small_groups.pdf
    3. Ice breaker games and activities - http://www.icebreakers.ws/
    4. Ice breakers, warm-up, review, and motivators - http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/leader/icebreak.html
    5. Icebreakers Volume 4: Activities for the First Day of School - http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson/lesson131.shtml
    6. Ice breakers for high school by Laura Tillery - http://www.cedu.niu.edu/~shumow/itt/Icebreakers.pdf
    7. Ice breakers and bonding activities for high school - nae.ccps.k12.fl.us/Ice1.doc
    8. Ice Breakers for the first day of school - http://www.city-data.com/forum/teaching/1662244-icebreakers-first-day-school.html
  6. Survivor Algebra - My first Day Success Speech - http://www.coolmath.com/Survivor-Algebra/09-success-first-day.html
  7. How Do you Begin the School Year - a blog with ideas from high school math teachers - http://anotherteacherblog.blogspot.com/2012/08/how-do-you-begin-school-year.html
  8. Ten Back to School Math Activities and Lesson Plan Ideas for the Fist Day of Class - http://voices.yahoo.com/ten-back-school-math-activities-lesson-plan-1797623.html
  9. Middle School Math Rules - First Day activities - http://7thgrademathteacherextraordinaire.blogspot.com/2012/08/first-day-activities.html