Using stations on the first day of school sets the tone for the year. Show students that they will be out of their seats, engaged in learning, and collaborating with classmates in your classroom. These six stations, some group tasks and some independent tasks, are intended for completion within a 45-minute period. These stations can be used in any subject or grade level, and all of the station directions and activities can be edited to fit the needs of your classroom.
First Day Activity using Post-It Notes. What are your goals for this year? How will you reach these goals? What can (the teacher) do to help you this year? This could be adapted for high school students.