Thumbprint Self-Portrait • TeachKidsArt
Here’s a great idea I found on Pinterest…. You can see lots of inspiring examples here and here. I tried this lesson with my middle school students and they really had fun with it! For more detailed instructions with photos, tips, writing prompts, a student gallery, and fascinating fingerprint facts, check out my pdf on […]
Day Two - Class Rules and Time Capsules
On the first day of school I always guide my students to create the classroom rules. I base this off the Ideal Classroom activity in the TRIBES book and it really helps the students understand the importance of having classroom rules (to keep us safe and help us learn). Usually the students come up with A LOT of rules and I help them narrow them down to five (and they are usually very similar, if not the same, year to year). This year, though, I was quite impressed with the rules that my…
Creating Our Social Contract and Circle Poster
I really like the way our Circle Poster project came out. We did this the first day of school, and it was one of the projects included in my post, A Dozen Ideas for the Classroom and I Found Them All On Pinterest. Each person in the class including teachers decorated 1/4 of a circle with their name and a design. Then we put them together. It was an opportunity to talk about how we are each unique but we are each important to make up our whole class. I combined this project with creating our…
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My Students’ Social Contract….In a Wordle!
Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way for my students to quickly see their chosen expectations for social interaction in my classroom? Wouldn’t it be nice if it looked good? Luckily, W…