Big Idea: On the first day of school, I not only distribute the required course syllabus and play a name game with my students, but I also spend a majority of the time introducing two critical classroom procedures: the talking box and how to exit.
Does your brain feel like it's short circuiting? Are your hands so tired they're just about ready to fall off? Quick! Grab a dice and roll to see what quick and fun activity you can do to wake your body up!
pickles and ketchups—On Fridays, place them on the board. Anyone who has turned in all of their assignments is a “pickle” so write their name under the pickle sign. Anyone who is missing an assignment has their name placed under the ketchup bottle. Pickles can “pick” a fun game or activity, while “ketchups” catch up on missing work. It is amazing how quickly assignments come in!