I’m following in that long tradition–stealing a good idea from another teacher.
Here’s one from Janice Airhart, who says she stole it from someone else. A great idea for making it clear that focusing, paying attention, trying to remember, and spending a little time all pay off in improved memory!
And a good idea for injecting a little something unusual into the first day of class.
I came across a great first-day activity that I’m going to try this year with my community college class. Depending on its success, I might use it in my high school science classes as well. It really could be used with any age and subject.
The teacher I stole it from (aren’t all the best ideas stolen from other teachers, really?) didn’t name the activity, but I’m calling it the Curiosity Box. The box will hold about 15 random items from my home. As soon as class begins, I’ll begin taking items out of the box and laying them on the table in the front of the room. I’ll announce the name and section of the class, but I’ll say little else and won’t comment on the items from the box. Once all items are on the table, I’ll put them all back in the box, then close and set…
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