From: Amy Burnett
To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Subject: What I plan to do on my very first teaching day
My first day of teaching this year will be my first ever in my own classroom. I am in a small school and I don't know anybody or anything about which kids need to be separated and which ones don't. I wanted to involve math but I didn't want to start a lesson. The class is only 45 mins. and there isn't time for intros, book assignements and a lesson. So how do I randomly assign seats while using math and keeping it fun? This is what I came up with. I have 6 classes from 7th grade math to Advanced Math (Pre-Calc/Trig). I have anywhere from 3 to 11 students in a class. So I plan on numbering the seats (table sections) from 1-11. I took strips of construction paper in different colors for each class and I wrote math problems on the back. They are rather simple, and hints are given. The answers to these questions are equal to the seat numbers. If there are 8 kids in the class, there are eight problems and answers from 1-8 for that class. That way, I hold the strips upside down and as the kids come in they draw one and they go to the seat that matches their answer. I took the questions out of the previous math class text so I know they had the material before. I don't have the 6th grade text, and since the 7th graders would be new to this wing of the school (it's a K-12 building) I gave them really simple math questions or room orientation questions like how many light fixtures are there and how many bulletins boards are there? I don't know how well this will work. I just hope it gathers attention and makes it fun.
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