An archived stack of papers: 'firstday'

How’s It Going?

In a stack of papers called Unorganized.

  • Sep
  • 16
  • 2010

How have things started off for you? Are you doing things you always wanted to do? Did you revamp anything that you’re excited about? Are you anxious to share something you’ve put in place this year? Do you see this as a year where things are really going to be different? How have financial matters impacted the opening of this school year for you? What’s the beginning of the year been... read more

Notes From Day One

In a stack of papers called Instruction.

  • Aug
  • 26
  • 2008

I’ll answer my “How-Was-It” questions from last year later. This time ’round, I want that to be a review of the entire first week instead of just the first day. At first glance, I’m doing pretty well. I’d love to hear how... read more

Day One

In a stack of papers called Instruction.

  • Aug
  • 23
  • 2008

Syllabus? On Day One!? Are you nuts??

Seriously, consider ditching that dry bit of talk. Push it off as much as you possibly can. The students only need to know certain things right now and chances are that info isn’t on your syllabus. It can wait until later. For now, you have a stage to set and what you do today will impact the rest of the school year. Not irreversibly, but this is... read more

How Was It For You?

In a stack of papers called Instruction.

  • Aug
  • 29
  • 2007

Day one, so much possibility and educational energy. Now it’s over. This is as anticlimactic as the day after your birthday.

Some Questions

What went well? Did you do anything this year that you keep telling yourself you should do?

Working with songs in English 3 gave a nice way to start... read more