The first day of school is rapidly approaching and while I'm the type of teacher that has thought about the upcoming school year all summer long, my 1st day plans are still not 100% finalized yet.
Of two things I am entirely sure I am doing:
1)Order of Operations Seat Finder
I used this last year and I loved it! Students are doing math as soon as they walk in my door. I hand students a question card as they walk in the door and they need to simplify the expression and find the corresponding seat number. Some students found their seats quickly and others struggled. Students naturally helped each other out. I only had one instance where a student simplified incorrectly, but it led to some good mathematical discourse and error analysis on day 1!
2) Sara VanderWerf's Name Tents (linked here)
I did not use these last year as I knew most of my students from the previous year. I'm excited to use these this year and really commit to strong relationships with all of my students from the very beginning. I like that they can get started on this as soon as they find their seat, too.
Here's where I have options. I know I want to do math. I know I want to engage and encourage all students. I don't know what that looks like yet. Some ideas I've tossed around:
Which do you prefer? What other suggestions do you have?