I honestly can't believe it's already August! We don't start school until the end of the month, but I'm really hoping to stretch out these last few weeks as long as possible. The early morning wake ups are the hardest part of work for me. I need to find a school that starts around 10:00. That would be just perfect for my sleep schedule. I wouldn't even mind working until 5:00!
As the clock is ticking down, I'm also reminded of how little time I have left to find a full-time teaching position for next year. If I don't find one, I have to decide if I want to go back to my TA job or give up the (terrible) salary and benefits and sub again. There are pros and cons to both; I've just got to figure out what will work best for me at this point in my life.
Without further ado, I'm linking up (on time... hooray!) with Farley for this month's Currently!
Oops.. silly me, I forgot that I wanted to expand a little bit on that last part. I try not to spend too much time going over the boring stuff on the first day because poor middle school kiddos just get overloaded with that on the first day. I do like to have each student introduce himself or herself so I can hear their names - I make it a personal goal to learn everyone's names by the end of the first week (even if it's a short week).
Since we do a lot of collaborative work in my classroom, I think it's important to get my kiddos chatting with their peers. I have a fun little freebie they do in their pods by rolling 20-sided dice (I've seen multiple lots of these on ebay for like $5). It allows them to DO SOMETHING, learn about their podmates (This can be a word, right?). They simply take turns rolling the die and then answering the corresponding question, which I post on the projector. I love to circulate and listen to their conversations. Something about rolling the dice really makes them come out of their shells on the first day.
Of course, I also do the Human Scavenger Hunt thing like everyone else in the world. I make mine a competition to see who can get the most points, and some of my squares are very strategic. It's fun to review these answers as a class and get to know a little about what makes my kiddos tick.