When I read other people's posts about setting up their INB's in 45 minutes, I feel bad because it took me 3 times that. But I did a lot of cool stuff, got a lot of good feedback, and it's only my first time.
I have 94 students and I probably provided half that number of notebooks to students but I did charge them $.50. That's just so I could go buy more. I told them every day for 5 days that they needed them. I explained that I provide everything else, literally. I even give them pencils. But I asked them to get their own notebooks because I wanted them to pick something they liked and that was a reflection of their personality.
Here is some of my supplies set-up. We did pencil holders, bookmarks, plickers, pockets, and rubber bands,
I also had a tub of milkshake straws and duct tape and a crate of ribbon.
I made a cutesy powerpoint and basically went through it slide by slide.
I don't really know why it took so long but oh well.
Some of my favorite comments from the students were:
"I didn't even know you could do all this to a notebook!"
"I've never been this organized in my life. My mom would be so proud of me."
"Ms. Miller, you are the bomb. You buy us all kinds of cute stuff."
"Ms. Miller, why you gotta be so fancy with your notebooks?"
(After taping in foldables) "So are we ever going to put notes in here?" Me: "Yes, foldables, like what we just put in there." "But like real notes? Like are we going to write in them?"
"Where do you get all these ideas, Pinterest?" Me: "Yes." "So you like, sit at home and look up teaching ideas on Pinterest?" Me: "Yes." I had to laugh because my teaching board on pinterest is called Teaching Ideas. lol
And a lot of students asked me if I would come to college with them to organize their life and decorate their dorm rooms. I would love to!
Overall, students, okay female students, loved the decorating and matching the tape to the stickers to the pencil and so on. They were excited to show them off to other students and describe how pretty they are.
In case you didn't look through my powerpoint, here are my first sets of pages.
Table of Contents
First, I did calculator hints.
This was my first example of CWP, Color With Purpose, and their first assignment will be a calculator worksheet where they have to refer to their INB, to promote the idea of it being a tool.
I changed my syllabus from my earlier post to one with lots of fun memes...well I thought it was fun and I did get some laughs out of my classes. And the RHP was Sarah Rubin's Top 5
And then I retyped Sarah Rubin's Learning Style Survey. We had some decent conversations about the differences in how we learn and study. But I definitely could have went more in depth with those. And the RHP was also Sarah's idea of having them illustrate four of the learning suggestions.
Here are the document downloads:
Classroom Expectations (Syllabus)
Learning Style Survey
And that wraps up my first full week of school!