Tag Archives: First Day

First Day Slide Show

This is a PDF version of this year’s first day slide show that I will show to all of my classes:


I am attempting to, from the very first minute, create a culture in my room of the following ideas or philosophies:

  • Everyone can be successful.
  • Effort is the key determiner of success (more than ‘talent’).
  • Everyone is welcome here.
  • Learning happens in an emotionally safe environment, so this is something well work on everyday.
  • Feedback (ongoing assessment) will happen all the time in this class to increase communication to help us create the best conditions for your success.
  • Teamwork is an incredibly powerful tool for increasing the likelihood of success, so we will be working with others often.
  • What is your idea of a ‘great classroom’? What does a ‘good teacher’ do? What does a ‘good student’ do?




Day 1, Semester 2

Thursday, February 3, 2011 Day 1, Semester 2 On the 1st day of each of my classes, I covered the following: Welcome / Seating Plan: As the students walked in,  I attempted to welcome each person and then drew their … Continue reading


Focus On: Planning for Day 1 of Semester 2, 2011

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Planning for Day 1 of Semester 2, 2011.. I reviewed the slide show that I changed for Day 1, Semester 1, 2010 today to remind myself of the ‘different’ tack I am taking with students this year. That is to … Continue reading


Focus On: Learning Clocks

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During the de-brief of the October Learning Classroom session, the topic of using Learning Clocks came up, the question of how to use them, and it was suggested that my Grade 10 Applied students were able to move seamlessly from … Continue reading