For my first day back, I didn't want to bog my students down with rules, rules, rules. I tried a different approach.
First, they came in and Matched their Seat by answering an equation. This just got them thinking Math. Some, it scared because they weren't all easy.
Then I had a crazy foldable for them to put together for their class syllabus. This was created by Live. Love. Math. You can get it here.
Next, I gave each card an index card with a letter from the alphabet. I used old stickers I have from my creative memories stuff. I used to scrapbook, now I blog.
Students had to brain storm and come up with a math term using their letter. They had to write the word, define and illustrate. Since it was the first day, I let me ponder for about 2 minutes before giving them some Math glossaries for help.
I thought they did pretty well. Like I said, I just wanted them to get into the hang of thinking mathematically when they enter my room.
And, much to my neighboring teachers dislike, I already have student work on display in the hallway!
Nanny, nanny, boo-boo!
The last 5 minutes I discussed my RESPECT rules.
I can't tell you how many times I heard, "wow, this class flew by".
Don't get me wrong, I know you have to discuss procedures and expectations with kids right away. I do. I just didn't spend the whole 54 minutes I had with them scaring them about middle school. Trust me, they were already scared!
I hope you are having a fantastic first week, month, whatever day you are on... back to school!