I Don't Read Directions
My first day, walk in the door activity was the classic Directions Quiz:
My teachers did this to me in elementary and being the OCD person I am, I actually did read all of the directions and sat back watching my classmates do silly things. This one is less silly since high schoolers aren't very willing to take risks in class in front of their peers.
It really set the tone for the year and in my supply sheet I handed out, I informed them that I do not read directions for them. So far, so good.
As you can see, I also asked students to text my Remind101 app to subscribe to my classes so I can send mass messages while protecting everyone's privacy. I encouraged students to sign up and didn't receive a great response. So I sent out a text asking them to write down a math problem and bring it to me for candy. Interest seemed to increase but ironically, no one else has subscribed.
I have small classes and a good mixture of students I've had before and new students. Even after the first week they are still super quiet and kind of stare at me awkwardly when I talk to them.
More first week activities to come!