Use on the First Day of Middle School to open dialog with students about their expectations of the teacher. Good Ice breaker too. This could be tweaked and done with mini units as well especially as students start new math objectives.
Icebreakers: Everyone scoops a small dixie cup full of m’s. One at a time picked out a single m, and shared a thought that correlated with the color of the candy and the chart Like the idea but change the categories