Our First Day of Awesomeness!!
- 7:45 Arrival
- Greet students at the door and instruct them to decorate their name tag.
- 8:00 Teach attention signal as well as unpacking book bags
- Model the attention signal then instruct students how to unpack their book bags. When students hear the door bell ring, they know to put their hands up in the air and listen to what the teacher has to say. Students will then unpack their book bags and test out the signal when they are doing this to see if they have mastered.
- 8:15 Morning Meeting
- Miss Caldwell introduces herself
- Students go around the room and tell their name and favorite animal
- Teach students about Yoga Time and how to take care of the mats.
- 8:45 Building Relationships Activity
- 9:00 Calendar
- Teach students how to do the calendar and teach songs about the days of the week
- 9:15 Tour of the School
- Interactive modeling: Lining up, walking down the hallway, restroom procedures
- Visit the cafeteria
- 10:00 Snack
- 10:15 Specials (music, art, PE)
- Check folders for paperwork and repack folders with notes/forms
- 10:55 Restroom break/ Read aloud
- David Goes to School
- Teach Turn and Talk
- 11:30 Lunch
- 12:10 Recess
- 12:30 Restroom Break
- 12:45 Classroom Jobs
- Explain and demonstrate jobs
- 1:00 Teach remaining procedures
- Classroom seating and dismissal procedures
- 1:50 Set up dismissal
- Pass out folders/agendas
- Pack book bags
- Brief cleanup
- Label students book bags with tape how they are getting home
- 2:20 Closing Circle
- What was one thing you liked today?
- Group students by car riders, bus riders, walkers
- 2:30 Dismissal
- Walk students to the bus/car line
At the beginning of the day, I plan to greet students at the door with a smile, handshake, and a “Good Morning, welcome to 2nd grade.” When the students arrive into the classroom, I will have them sit in the seat with their name and complete some type of first day of school activity that will already be at their desk such as an about me page or dot-to-dot activity. Information will also be on the overhead as their “to-do” list.
Introducing myself to the class! (I will have information about myself on a PowerPoint with pictures while I am talking with students)
“Hello students! For those of you who do not know me, my name is Miss. Caldwell, your second grade teacher this year! This is my 1st year teaching and I am very excited to be your teacher this year! I’m going to tell you a little bit about myself so you can know more about me! I live in Maiden where I have lived my whole life. I just recently graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne University in May where I went to become a teacher. While I was there, I was in the Engaged Scholars and Teaching Scholars programs. The reason that I chose to become a teacher was because I wanted to help each one of you become successful so you are able to accomplish your goals in life. During my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, exercising, and going to church. I like chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream and my favorite place to eat is Chick-fil-A.”
Procedures for the First Day
The procedure that I will teach on the first day of school are:
- Arriving in the classroom
- Leaving the classroom
- Morning Meeting
- Lining up/Walking down the hallway
- Going to the restroom
- Going through the cafeteria line
- Classroom seating
- Classroom Attention Getter (Doorbell)
- How to be a good friend!
Procedures to teach later if time allows: Putting supplies away, center rotations, what to do when finished
Building Relationship Activity
The Silly Name Game: Students will be instructed to sit on the floor in a circle. Each student will pick a describing word that rhymes or begins with the first letter of their first name. For example, Happy Hannah. Each child will say their name as well as the other peers before them (Jumping Jack, Chatty Cathy, Excellent Eva). This is a fun way for students to get to know each other as well as learn their names.
Assigning Classroom Jobs
Students will be assigned different classroom jobs throughout the year. Each week, jobs will rotate, but some weeks, students may keep the same job is they are showing great work in that area.
- Line Leader: leads the class to lunch, specials, assemblies, etc.
- Caboose: stands last in line as the class travels around the school.
- Red Bag Carrier: carries the first aid bag with information about each student.
- Teacher’s Assistant: completes all secretarial jobs that need to be completed.
- Door Holder: holds the door for the class as they enter and exit a room.
- (2) Librarians: takes library books back to the library as well as making sure the classroom library is organized.
- (2) Table Washers: washes the lunch room tables after the students are finished.
- (2) Sweepers: sweeps around the lunch room tables after the students are finished.
- Light Inspector: turns on and off the lights as the class arrives and leaves the room.
- Veterinarian: feeds and takes care of the classroom pets.
- Equipment Manager: keeps track of playground equipment.
- Class Custodian: erases the board, cleans erasers, waters plants, etc.
- Breakfast/Snack Helper: passes out breakfast tubes and helps serve snack.
- Greeter: greets students when they enter the room.
Our classroom space!
This is my classroom layout for my classroom. Below is a description of the 7 different learning zones and where they will be located in the classroom.
- Discovery Zone: Students will be able to do their independent work a various seating option around the classroom in the areas labeled flexible seating areas. Class books and magazines will be located in the classroom library and class games, puzzles & instruments will be located either in the cabinets or in the lockers located at the door.
- News Zone: The calendar will be located on Bulletin Board #3 as well as holidays and weather. Assignments will be posted on one of the front white boards with the learning targets displayed as well as may class prompts.
- Supplies Zone: Pencils, paper, pens, rulers, scissors, sharpeners, staples, tape and glue will all be located in the cabinets located on the right side. These cabinets/drawers will be labeled so students will know where these supplies are located.
- Community Zone: Students will have the opportunity to work both in small groups as well as whole groups. Whole group instruction will either take place on the rug/meeting area, so students will be able to sit at a flexible seat while I teach. During small groups, students will work with me at the circle table as well as work in small groups around the classroom.
- Quiet Zone: The area near the classroom library will be the quiet zone for students who are independent reading as well as those studying, testing, and making up work.
- Teacher Zone: This was not shown on my classroom diagram, but I do not really see myself with a teacher desk. I would just like to have a small desk somewhere near the lockers just to store my belongs and accomplishments.
- Subject Zone: Anchor charts and other examples/resources that students will need will be hanging around the classroom or at bulletin board #2.
Students will be offered many different flexible seating options in the classroom. Some of the flexible seating options are below.
Thanks for stopping by! ~Miss Caldwell