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Global Studies – Day 1

Most schools will expect you to meet your students at the door everyday. This is a good way to get to know them and to develop good classroom management.

Day 1: Welcome to Global Studies – Greeting Students and Daily Procedures

  • Greet students at the door with a smile and a handshake. Since this is the first day, be sure to check their schedule to make sure that they belong in your classroom. Tell them that a seating chart is on the board, overhead or screen to direct them to their seats. This is a good way to immediately be able to review the reading of a grid.

  • When you enter the room, take attendance from the seating chart calling each student by name and asking them to respond “here” or a response of your choice. Try to look at each student to help you begin to learn all their names.

  • Introduce yourself and tell a little bit about yourself: where you’re from, where you went to school, etc.

  • Now is a good time to introduce the basic routines that you will use in the classroom.

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      Student will take the seat that has been assigned to them upon entering the room.

    • 2.

      Explain that each day there will be “Bell Work/Sponge Activity” on the board that they will start immediately. Show an example on the board, overhead or screen. If time allows you may wish to model this now or wait until tomorrow.

    • 3.

      Explain the procedure for speaking in class. Students will raise their hand and be acknowledged before speaking.

    • 4.

      Demonstrate how you expect to gain their attention. There are many ways to accomplish this, but it is important to establish a method and use it daily. Counting slowly to three is an easy method. All talking will stop when they hear you counting. You must establish this through practice and help students understand your expectations. Another method is a raised hand, but again none of this works unless you model and explain your expectations. In some classes you may find it necessary to model and repeat your expectations on a daily basis for several days or weeks.

  • Follow the directions from the Administration regarding The Code of Student Conduct and other papers you are expected to distribute to students on the first day.

  • You may wish to have students fill out an index card with their current student information. A current phone number is helpful and many teachers like to get e-mail addresses of parents.

  • Pass out your class syllabus and go over the information carefully. The syllabus should go in their class binder and will be referred to all year. A good way to help parents know what you expect is to have the syllabus signed showing they have seen it. This can be a part of the homework for the first night.

  • This is a freshman class and this is an exciting/confusing day for many students. Remind them of materials that need to be returned tomorrow. If time allows review the procedures for your classroom including how students are dismissed each day.

  • Be prepared if you have additional time at the end of the period with a simple activity. See following example.

OCPS First Days of School Lesson Plans


Global Studies

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