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First Day Activities

As school is starting right around the corner and my school starts about a week after other schools I am going to post some first day activities that I have found and they look like something I could do.

__Name Tents__ - Sarah V's post on how to use name tents to get to know your students better, and to have a dialog with each student every day.

__Marshmallow Challenge__ - Spaghetti, tape, marshmallow... build the tallest tower in 18 minutes. Ready? Set? GO!

__System of 6 equations__ - Giving students a problem that they will see later on in the year so that you can tell them they will find this easy, and so the students who know it all, know that there is something they don't know.

__Birthday Treats__ - On the first day have students fill out a form, and on it is when is your birthday and what is your favorite treat. Then on their birthday bring it in!

__What are 5 numbers that mean most to you__ - Have students fill this out and then later in the year use this information to create problems. Students don't realize where you learned these facts from. Its great!

__Stuck on an escalator__ - Show a video of two people on an escalator that are stuck there. Shows students how silly they look some times. This post talks about how persistence and grit is good in a classroom. Great post on intentional struggle, and how we can help students be successful at it.

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Content Ideas

__5 ways to express a function__ - Thats it!

__How to redesign a lesson__ - AMAZING, gives great examples, gives context and gives reason for why. This post is a great way get yourself geared up and excited to revamp some of your lessons.

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Poster Ideas

__Inequality VS Interval Notation__

__Personal Badge__ - Create a talking point, using math symbols to create a badge around your neck and on the back some interesting hook about math like WODB. Great entry point for anyone to be engaged in math.

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Classroom Activities/Lessons

__Asymptote Investigation__ - Students look into what an asymptote is before they learn about it, self discovery.

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__Desmos Face__ - Students take a selfie and then trace their face using conics and functions. This is for Calc students to review some Pre-calc.

__How to GOOGLE__ - Teaching students how to google, on HW have phrases set up like "if you need more info google_____" then later on ask them what they could google as one of the Hw problems. Talk about how if you google that phrase they can then go to images or videos. On First day of the unit have them find 10 facts they know or could find using google.

https://saravanderwerf.com/2016/04/03/modeling-googling/
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Daily Ways to Run a Classroom

__Remind App__ - use it to set up lists of students to send out one mass text

__Classroom Norms__ - A small list of individual norms, group, and class accountability. What is each person accountable in the different groups. Followed up by;

__Cup questions__ - Students use different colored cups to display their confusion or questions. So the teacher and the group and other groups know if someone needs help.

__Intentional Vocabulary__ - When using math vocabulary in a sentence, define the word in the same sentence, helps students fully understand what is being asked/said.

__Everyone has to raise their hand__ - What a great idea! Everyone has to raise their hand in order for the teacher come over and answer a question. This forces students to talk to each other before they raise their hand. My only worry, is this going to prevent questions from being asked if students have to have the whole group know they have a question? Im just starting out (my second year) and trying to find that balance for students to feel comfortable to ask questions.

https://samjshah.com/2015/08/27/everyone-has-to-raise-their-hands-and-other-thoughts/
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Classroom Setup

__Positive and Negative Infinity__ - Post a + and - over the whiteboard.

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Can it fit into the daily lesson?

__Math Talks__ - Start off the lesson with 112-29, have students do it in their head. Then secretly give a thumbs up when they have it, so they can share their SOLUTION, then ask for another way.

__Lagging HW with a twist__ - I wasnt a fan of the week lagging of homework because I teach at a private school and we only have 100 days of teaching... So for classes like Pre-Calc we teach a topic a day, and dont have a lot of room for taking multiple days to teach something. But I do like the idea of keeping students thinking of topics for more then one day at a time. I found a middle ground I think, and I want to try it this year.

Day 1 - Lesson

Night 1 - HW on easiest 33% of Day 1 Lesson

Day 2 - Lesson

Night 2 - HW on easiest 33% of Day 2 Lesson **AND **on medium 33% of Day 1 Lesson

Day 3 - Lesson

Night 3 - HW on easiest 33% of Day 3 **AND **medium 33% of Day 2 **AND** hard 33% of Day 1

__Reward good work__ - Having a sticker to put on students work to let them know they are doing an awesome job. Or just be more supportive when doing a problem correctly.