I use these Whole Brain Teaching attention getters on a daily basis with my ELL students. These attention getters are a great way to improve your classroom management. I usually pick one or two to teach the class at the beginning of the year. Then every month or every few weeks, I introduce a new attention getter, which my students can't wait for!!
What a smart way to use your first day of school! Have each kiddo make something with Playdough while you are taking care of the housekeeping (supplies, attendance, mini-conferences, etc.) Then have students write about what they made. Your kids are focused, and you end up with a beginning of the year writing sample!
FREE From My Blog = Three Government Branches Song shown on smart board in my classroom for my kiddos to sing to. I was so surprised how this song really helped them retrieve this information regarding what each branch of government is reasponsible for. www.3rdgradegrapevine.blogspot.com
I am a BIG fan of Love & Logic: Change the wording of what you ask the kids to do and become more effective. This is true of working with adults as well.. It's all perspective. Change accusatory you statements, into action-packed I-statements and foster results