The first day back can sometimes seem a bit daunting and a little uncomfortable, but it doesn't need to be! With careful planning and a little creativity, teachers have the ability to establish an environment that is fun, welcoming, safe and positive from day one! You may choose to begin the day with a joke, a song, some craft...but I would suggest you begin the term with an icebreaker.
I prefer to start the year with an icebreaker as it enables the children to interact with one another in a friendly and relaxed environment. It is also a great way for you to learn more about the personalities in your classroom and to appreciate the individuality of each student.
I like to begin the day with a People Hunt activity and include myself in this game (kids love it!) I then finish with a sharing circle, where students gather together to make a circle on the floor and share some interesting facts, hobbies and interests about themselves and other students (the children can 'pass' if they wish). It is also a good opportunity to introduce good listening skills, including appreciation and respect for others.
Please take a moment to look at our Pinterest page for inspiration or visit the website below. After all, you want the BEST from your students and this CAN start on the first day with an icebreaker!
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