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Warm-up

Welcome to a New School Year - YouTube

Welcome to a New School Year – YouTube (4:27) https://youtu.be/FH3akqBwYfoA video to welcome students to a new school year. Video clip with powerful messages to live up to

 

Back to School Expectations Vs. Reality! - YouTube

Back to School Expectations Vs. Reality! – YouTube (4:54) https://youtu.be/Rb1uzHNcYcA“Back To School Expectations Vs. Reality!” A funny vlog by a high-schooler to show what to expect of the school year

 

EMINEM GOES BACK TO HIGH SCHOOL "Eminem, Where Have You Been?" SHORT COMEDY FILM - YouTube

EMINEM GOES BACK TO HIGH SCHOOL “Eminem, Where Have You Been?” SHORT COMEDY FILM – YouTube  (6:06)https://youtu.be/p3cjjhUpaWkEminem goes back to high school ATTENTION ALL EMINEM FANS

 

Kid President's Pep Talk to Teachers and Students! - YouTube

Kid President’s Pep Talk to Teachers and Students! – YouTube (3:54) https://youtu.be/RwlhUcSGqgsKid President believes we’re all teachers and we’re all students. Motivational video for students and teachers alike.

 

Songs

Back to School - The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (PARODY) - YouTube

Back to School – The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (PARODY) – YouTubehttps://youtu.be/PynHF1uOq-kThis song is dedicated to all the teachers, parents and students.

 

Tyler Alghren's Back to School Welcome and Motivation Song - YouTube

Tyler Alghren’s Back to School Welcome and Motivation Song – YouTubehttps://youtu.be/_fKMGgSS914Tyler Alghren not only composed and wrote our back to school motivational song but he performed as well. the lyrics to this song

 

CAN'T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake (worldwide dance video) - YouTube

CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake (worldwide dance video) – YouTubehttps://youtu.be/YPO04cdsxp4Worldwide dance video to CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! by Justin Timberlake

 

Getting to Know

Getting to Know You Chit Chat

Getting to Know You Chit Chathttps://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Getting-to-Know-YOU-Back-to-School-Chit-Chat-Cards-FREEBIE-2030831MORE cards to add to your back to school fun!

Icebreakers that Rock | Cult of Pedagogy

Icebreakers that Rock | Cult of Pedagogyhttps://www.cultofpedagogy.com/classroom-icebreakers/Too many classroom icebreakers require students to take big social risks with people they barely know. Or they don’t really help students get to know each other. Or they are just plain cheesy.

Web of Names - Ultimate Camp Resource

Web of Names – Ultimate Camp Resourcehttp://www.ultimatecampresource.com/site/camp-activity/web-of-names.htmlWeb of Names – Learn the names while tossing a boll of thread. If you want a limit of 1-10 instead of 50, play The Toilet Paper Game

 

Getting to know you

Getting to know youhttp://www.busyteacherscafe.com/worksheets/interviewquest.pdfA questionnaire to use in pair- or group discussions. Opens up a downloadable pdf         

 

Find someone who

Find someone whohttps://webenglish.se/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Find-someone-in-our-class.pdfHave the students walk around talking English and then discuss each question. You may want to take the idea and compile your own questions. Opens up a downloadable pdf 

 

Getting to Know You Worksheet | A to Z Teacher Stuff Printable Pages and Worksheets

Getting to Know You Worksheet | A to Z Teacher Stuff Printable Pages and Worksheetshttp://printables.atozteacherstuff.com/362/getting-to-know-you-worksheet/Similar to “Find someone in our class” with different questions

 

Listening to Students | Edutopia

Listening to Students | Edutopiahttp://www.edutopia.org/blog/listening-to-students-elena-aguilarBlogger Elena Aguilar offers teachers insightful questions to ask students and really learn what they think.

 

8 Back-to-school classroom activities that will get students laughing and learning – Daily Geniushttps://dailygenius.com/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 & Adults – Teacher Reboot Camp

10+ Getting to Know You Activities for Teens & Adults – Teacher Reboot Camphttp://teacherrebootcamp.com/2012/08/03/10-getting-to-know-you-activities-for-teens-adults/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:
More icebreaker games here

 

Self-Esteem

Mommies Hobbies: Switch Sides if...

Mommies Hobbies: Switch Sides if…http://mommieshobbies.blogspot.se/2014/01/switch-sides-if.htmlA game to show we are both alike and different, similar to the one in “Freedom Writers’ Diary”

 

Back to School: 3 Question Activities to Connect Students | Edutopia

Back to School: 3 Question Activities to Connect Students | Edutopiahttp://www.edutopia.org/blog/back-to-school-question-activities-students-maurice-elias?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=blog-back-to-school-question-activites-linkEdutopia blogger Maurice Elias describes three classroom activities for team and trust building with students.

 

Demi Lovato - This Is Me (Official Video) - YouTube

Demi Lovato – This Is Me (Official Video) – YouTubehttps://youtu.be/WpBeGJjGMNsA song to start telling about yourself (yr 7)                                 …

 

This is Me

This is Me https://webenglish.se/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/This-is-Me-7-8.pdfA worksheet to fill in and talk about (yr 7-8) Opens up a downloadable pdf                                    

 

What I am! Will.I.Am Lyrics - YouTube

What I am! Will.I.Am Lyrics – YouTubehttps://youtu.be/u8Vd2UHBbjASong by Will.I.Am with lyrics (yr 7-8)                              …

 

Gloria Gaynor - I am What I am - YouTube

Gloria Gaynor – I am What I am – YouTubehttps://youtu.be/uj8C43r4zm0Gloria Gaynor – I am What I am with lyrics (yr 8-9)                           …

 

I am Special, So are you. - YouTube

I am Special, So are you. – YouTube (2:21)https://youtu.be/o3pi-Hf6dVsWatch this clip and write a description about yourself that could not be anybody else.

 

Fun Back-to-School Lesson: Invite Students to Show Their Expertise - WeAreTeachers

Fun Back-to-School Lesson: Invite Students to Show Their Expertise – WeAreTeachershttp://www.weareteachers.com/community/blogs/weareteachersblog/blog-wat/2014/08/05/fun-back-to-school-lesson-invite-students-to-show-their-expertiseIf you’re planning your back-to-school lessons, consider inviting students to share how they are experts on a chosen topic.

 

Learning to Learn

You Can Learn Anything - YouTube

You Can Learn Anything – YouTubehttps://youtu.be/JC82Il2cjqAKhan Academy is on a mission to unlock the world’s potential. A 1.5-min pep-talk for your students to start believing in themselves.

 

Sesame Street: Janelle Monae - Power of Yet - YouTube

Sesame Street: Janelle Monae – Power of Yet – YouTubehttps://youtu.be/XLeUvZvuvAsDo you want to grow up to be an author, an astronaut, a scientist, or a doctor? Sesame Street song about Growth Mindset

 

Why do you study English

Why do you study English (yr 8-9)https://webenglish.se/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Why-do-you-study-English-8-9.pdf(See Elementary for year 7) A questionnaire for students to reflect and discuss. Opens up a downloadable pdf

 

The world's English mania - Jay Walker | TED-Ed

The world’s English mania – Jay Walker | TED-Ed (4:32) http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-world-s-english-mania-jay-walker Jay Walker explains why two billion people around the world are trying to learn English. There is a whole lesson plan to this TEDEd Talk.

 

Growth Mindset Animation - YouTube

Growth Mindset Animation – YouTube  (3:25)https://youtu.be/-_oqghnxBmYA Short animation explaining the theory of growth and fixed mindsets.

 

Multitasking.wmv - YouTube

Multitasking.wmv – YouTube (3:41) https://youtu.be/34OZ-dsNkBwProfessor Daniel Willingham looks at multitasking and concludes that even though kids today may like to multitask, there’s no reason to think that they are.

 

 

 

Tim Urban: Inside the mind of a master procrastinator | TED Talk | TED.com

Tim Urban: Inside the mind of a master procrastinator | TED Talk | TED.com (14:04)https://www.ted.com/talks/tim_urban_inside_the_mind_of_a_master_procrastinatorIn this hilarious and insightful talk, Urban encourages us to think harder about what we’re really procrastinating on, before we run out of time.

 

Grit: the power of passion and perseverance | Angela Lee Duckworth - YouTube

Grit: the power of passion and perseverance | Angela Lee Duckworth – YouTube (6:12) https://youtu.be/H14bBuluwB8Angela Duckworth explains how grit can help your studies (yr 8-9)  
12-Item Grit Scale, a questionnaire to determine your level of grit:Grit Test

 

Grading Criteria

Grading Criteriahttps://webenglish.se/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/hand_grading.pdfDiscuss the grading criteria with this simplified picture. Opens up a downloadable pdf

 

My Goals in English

My Goals in English (yr 7-8)https://webenglish.se/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/My-goals-7-8.pdfReflection questions for the student to answer, sign and hand in. The teacher may wish to comment and return. My goals 8-9 Opens up a downloadable pdf 

Classroom Rules - YouTube (4:28)

Classroom Rules – YouTube (4:28)https://youtu.be/ddvTFgzkS5MA fun animation about classroom rules.

Writing

No-prep warm up activities -

No-prep warm up activities –http://eslgames.com/no-prep-warm-up-activities/Running late and need time to make some photocopies or grab a cup of coffee? This list of no-prep warm up activities will allow you to buy some time and Continue ReadingNo-prep warm up activities→

100 Prompts for Writing About Yourself – Bryn Donovan

100 Prompts for Writing About Yourself – Bryn Donovanhttp://www.bryndonovan.com/2016/07/05/100-prompts-for-writing-about-yourself/How do you get back into writing again? How do you beat writer’s block? Writing about yourself can be a great place to start. New ideas for the old task

 

FutureMe.org: Write a Letter to the Future

FutureMe.org: Write a Letter to the Futurehttps://www.futureme.org/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

(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

What Do I Know About?

What Do I Know About?https://americanenglish.state.gov/files/ae/resource_files/what_do_i_know_about_0.pdfA Board Game to play with dice. Opens up a downloadable pdf

 

Interactive

5 Engaging Digital Icebreakers for Back To School! - Teaching Toward Tomorrow - Education Week Teacher

5 Engaging Digital Icebreakers for Back To School! – Teaching Toward Tomorrow – Education Week Teacherhttp://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/teaching_toward_tomorrow/2014/08/5_engaging_digital_icebreakers.html?utm_content=bufferbd57a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=bufferHere are 5 back-to-school digital ice breakers to ring in the new year with gusto.

More Ideas

10 Team-Building Games For The First Day Of Class

10 Team-Building Games For The First Day Of Classhttp://www.teachthought.com/pedagogy/student-engagement/10-team-building-games-for-the-first-day-of-class/?utm_content=buffer979d410 Team-Building Games For The First Day Of Class

 

Back to School Activities to Try in Your Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Back to School Activities to Try in Your Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learninghttp://www.educatorstechnology.com/2014/08/back-to-school-activities-to-try-in.htmlA great list of activities for the first week/s of the term

 

TweenTeacher's Startup Tips for Middle School

TweenTeacher’s Startup Tips for Middle Schoolhttps://www.middleweb.com/9456/tweenteachers-startup-tips/Amid all the exciting teaching plans for a new year, Heather Wolpert-Gawron (TweenTeacher) shares her list of must-do-firsts to establish a solid classroom culture.

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