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General

The @DavidGeurin Blog: 5 Challenges to Your Best School Year Ever
The @DavidGeurin Blog: 5 Challenges to Your Best School Year Everhttp://www.davidgeurin.com/2016/08/5-challenges-to-your-best-school-year.htmlRead this before your first lesson to make the whole year a success
 

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
 
Arthur theme song performed by Ziggy Marley - YouTube
Arthur theme song performed by Ziggy Marley – YouTubehttps://youtu.be/yaeXp_uXk9kMusic by : Jerry De Villiers Jr Lyrics by : Judith Henderson Find the lyrics below this video: Arthur theme song lyrics
 
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

 
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
Web of Names
Getting to know you
Getting to know youhttp://www.busyteacherscafe.com/worksheets/interviewquest.pdfA questionnaire to use in pair– or group discussions.                               …
 
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: “Who http://www.busyteacherscafe.com/worksheets/interviewquest.pdffound somebody who…?” You may want to take the idea and compile your own questions.
 
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
 
PERSONAL INFORMATION IN ENGLISH: FIRST NAME, LAST NAME, PHONE NUMBER, EMAIL ADDRESS - YouTube
PERSONAL INFORMATION IN ENGLISH: FIRST NAME, LAST NAME, PHONE NUMBER, EMAIL ADDRESS – YouTubehttps://youtu.be/KutS5YYOWycBasic English: What’s your first name? What’s your last name? What’s your phone number? What’s your email address? (15+ Teen Beginners)
 

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)                                      …
 
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.
 
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.
 
The EFL SMARTblog: Interactive Quiz - Are you a Good Language Learner? By Marisa Constantinides
The EFL SMARTblog: Interactive Quiz – Are you a Good Language Learner? By Marisa Constantinideshttp://efllecturer.blogspot.se/2013/11/interactive-quiz-are-you-good-language.html?spref=twYou are going to do a quiz to discover how good you are at learning a language. Discuss Are you good language learner?
 
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.
 
My Goals in English
My Goals in English (yr 78)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 For more advanced students:
 

Writing

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

Fun with ESL: ESL Podcast--First Day of School
Fun with ESL: ESL Podcast–First Day of Schoolhttp://esljo.blogspot.se/2007/05/esl-podcast-first-day-of-school.htmlFirst Day of School By Joleen J., Rosario K., and Max T. Listen to a podcast interview (2:45) and make your own (yr 8-9)
 
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
 

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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