New Teacher Introductions in Teach by Calendar
General 5 Challenges to Your Best School Year Ever
Read this before your first lesson to make the whole year a success
Warm-up Welcome to a New School Year
(4:27) Video clip with powerful messages to live up to Back to School Expectations Vs. Reality!
(4:54) A funny vlog by a high-schooler to show what to expect of the school year EMINEM GOES BACK TO HIGH SCHOOL
(6:06) Eminem tells about his years at school Kid President’s Pep Talk
(3:54) Motivational video for students and teachers alike
Songs The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Parody of the Christmas song Back to School Welcome and Motivation Song
. Here are the lyrics to this song. Arthur theme song performed by Ziggy Marley Find the lyrics below this video: Arthur theme song lyrics If we dance together, we can live together
Worldwide dance video to CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! by Justin Timberlake
Getting to Know Web of Names
Learn the names while tossing a boll of thread. Another game is The Toilet Paper Game
, where you may want a limit of 1-10 instead of 50. Get to Know You Questions!
A questionnaire to use in pair- or group discussions. Find someone in our class
Have the students walk around talking English and then discuss each question: “Who found somebody who…?
” You may want to take the idea and compile your own questions. Getting to Know You Worksheet
Similar to “Find someone in our class” with different questions Listening to Students
Learn to know your students by asking these questions 8 Back-to-school classroom activities
This infographic has more get-to-know activities for a new class or a new teacher 10 Getting to Know You Activities for Teens
More ideas to those who wish to explore More icebreaker games here A1 Personal Information in English
(15 Teen Beginners)
Self-Esteem Switch Sides if…
A game to show we are both alike and different, similar to the one in “Freedom Writers’ Diary” 3 Question Activities to Connect with Students
; for pairs, groups and whole-class discussions. This is Me
A song to start telling about yourself (yr 7) This is Me 7-8
A worksheet to fill in and talk about. What I am!
Song by Will.I.Am with lyrics (yr 7-8) I Am What I Am
A Song by Gloria Gaynor with lyrics (yr 8-9) I am Special, So Are You
Watch this clip (2:21) and write a description about yourself that could not be anybody else. I am an expert
Invite students to show their expertise
Learning to Learn You Can Learn Anything
A 1.5-min pep-talk for your students to start believing in themselves. The Power of Yet
Sesame Street song about Growth Mindset Why do you study English 8-9
(See Elementary for year 7) A questionnaire for students to reflect and discuss on. The World’s English Mania
(4:32) There is a whole lesson plan to this TEDEd Talk. Growth Mindset
(3:25) An animation explaining the difference between a fixed and a growth mindset Multitasking
(3:41) Show this to students who wish to use their mobiles in class Are You a Good Language Learner?
A quiz and discussion questions. The key to success? Grit
(6:12) Angela Duckworth explains how grit can help your studies. Grit Test
12-Item Grit Scale, a questionnaire to determine your level of grit (yr 8-9) Grading Criteria
Discuss the grading criteria with this simplified picture. My goals 7-8 / My goals 8-9
Reflection questions for the student to answer, sign and hand in. The teacher may wish to comment and return.
Writing 100 Prompts for Writing About Yourself
New ideas for the old task Future Me
Write a letter to yourself on the last day of school. Describe how happy you are for all your achievements. If you have 1:1, use FutureMe.org
for this task (Year 8-9, New Students) Write a story about yourself and your friend “English”
Title: Me and My Friend English /
English and Me /
English and I Write about: How did you learn it? Where do you use it? How do you want to learn it? What other languages do you know?
Speaking First Day of School
Listen to a podcast interview (2:45) and make your own (yr 8-9) What do I Know About?
Board Game to play with dice
More Ideas 10 Team-Building Games For The First Day Of Class School Start Activities and Projects
A great list of activities for the first week/s of the term Please tweet your feedback about working with this theme page to the author. All criticism is good criticism when it is meant to make WebEnglish.se better.
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