First Class Ice Breaker

I hate 2 truths and a lie. More often than not, it’s done with a group of people who know each other fairly well, so it’s not that exciting. During the first week of school the schedules are wonky, some things take forever, others only 5 minutes. For the days when I only have 5 min of stuff in a 15 min chunk, I came up with some fun questions. Some are more personal, some are serious, some are silly, some are would you rather. Along with questions for the students, I threw in “Ask the teacher a question” cards to give them the chance to ask ME some good ones.

  1. What animal are you most afraid of? Why?
  2. What is your favorite color. Be specific.
  3. Stripes or Polka dots?
  4. What is your favorite donut flavor?
  5. What motivates you?
  6. The best superpower to have would be…? Why?
  7. Summer or winter?
  8. Have you ever traveled out of the US? If yes, where did you go?
  9. If you could be a dinosaur, what kind would you be?
  10. What is your favorite TV show?
  11. What is your favorite movie series?
  12. Who is your favorite superhero? Why?
  13. What is your favorite book series?
  14. Do you have any idea where you want to go to college?
  15. If you had to be a teacher, what would you teach? Why?
  16. What was your favorite book as a child?
  17. Dogs or cats?
  18. If you had $5,000 how would you spend it?
  19. Coffee or tea?
  20. What is your favorite book? Why?
  21. What is your favorite time period? Why?
  22. What is your number 1 goal in the next 6 months?
  23. If you could be any animal for a week what would you be? Why?
  24. Do you have a fear of public speaking?
  25. What actor/actress would you have play you in a movie about your life? Why?
  26. Chocolate or strawberry milk?
  27. If you were on a TV game show, what show would it be?
  28. If you could eat dinner with a dead person, who would it be and why?
  29. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
  30. What is your favorite cartoon?
  31. If ability, time, and money weren’t an issue, what would be your dream job?
  32. Who is your favorite Disney character
  33. Who has been your favorite teacher EVER? Why?
  34. What are you most worried about this school year? Why?
  35. What hobby would you like to start/learn? Why?
  36. Who is your favorite author? What genre do they write?
  37. Do you have a favorite quote, mantra, verse, or motto?
  38. If you could be a Disney princess, who would you be? Why?
  39. What is your biggest pet peeve?
  40. What is your favorite book series? Why?
  41. Do you have any siblings? Who’s your favorite?
  42. The best song to dance too is…?
  43. M&Ms or Skittles?
  44. What is your absolute least favorite food? Why?
  45. If you could go anywhere, where would you go? Why?
  46. What kind of wake up alarm do you have? Song/music or buzzer/ring?
  47. Do you have any hidden talents?
  48. What is your favorite sport? Why?
  49. Beach or mountains?
  50. Where is your family from?
  51. Where were you born?
  52. When you think of comfort food, what do you think of?
  53. What has been your favorite Shakespeare play? Why?
  54. What is something you really struggle with that you’d like to improve/get better at?
  55. What is your favorite kind of soup?
  56. Would you rather: 30 screaming babies in a room or one very hungry alligator?
  57. Take a bath in ice cubes or tomato soup?
  58. Do you collect anything? What is it?
  59. What do you never leave the house without?
  60. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  61. If you could be a Disney villain, who would you be? Why?
  62. If you could meet a celebrity, who would it be? Why?

Have any other questions you think would be fun!? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

 

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Spare Time Writers

I am SO excited to finally be student teaching in the fall. I was blessed to have an incredible field experience teacher who let me teach a unit on my own. That alone is an experience most students do not have before their student teaching. Another blessing that is coming with student teaching in the fall is that I have the entire summer to prep. I have already met with my co-op and she is in the same hallways as my field experience co-op so we already know each other!

I will be teaching 9th and 10th grade honors. When I first started college, I thought that I wanted to be a college professor. I wanted to run to that position as fast as humanly possible. Then I got into a classroom. I was spoiled with an amazing group of 9th graders, and I fell in love.

Writing can be a struggle and at times very boring, especially for high schoolers. Unlike elementary ed, secondary teachers usually don’t walk away with baskets of goodies at the end of their student teaching…or holidays…or at all really. I have come up with a way to get both.

I scoured pinterest, blogs, books and the internet for pictures and writing prompts. Some of the writing prompts are as simple as captioning a picture. Some are personal, asking the students to write about a mentor or a favorite book. Others require the students to write a scene or short story using a provided sentence, setting, character or phrase. Some are silly while others are serious and heartfelt.

I am going to be putting these prompts in a bucket. Students will be able to grab one if there is time at the end of class, if they need/want writing inspiration-whenever. They then write and return both the prompt and their writing to a bin. If there is time at the end of class, I will open the floor for students to share what they have written through the week, if they so choose. I will collect their writings throughout my 16 weeks of student teaching in a binder as my keepsake and memento of my time with them.

You can use these writing prompts for your own creative writing to aid writers block. You can use them in a classroom. I have done the work and I am now sharing it with the world, because, sharing is caring.

I suggest printing these spare time writers, cutting them, and pasting them on index cards for extra strength. To really make them last, laminating them might not be a bad idea either!

Happy Writing!

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The Beginning of Everything-Robyn Schneider

The pace in which I am reading is scaring even me. I don’t think I’ve read with such ferocity, purpose, pleasure and just downright passion since middle school. Before life got more complicated than hoping you didn’t have food stuck in your braces talking to your crush.

The Beginning of Everything was part of my library binge Part I. I finished a real book, then a Net Galley book. I figured I would read another real book. Space them out a bit. I laid out the 6 remaining books I have from the library and just kind of picked it. Yellow is one of my favorite colors so that may have been why I subconsciously picked it. I read the back of the book which jogged my memory as to why I had picked the book to begin with- it was young adult.

Having felt as though I skipped that genre when I was in high school, the time period most of those books are aimed towards, I am going backwards so that when I am back in a lovely high school classroom I can give good, well thought out, competent recommendations for my students. Let’s face it, not everyone thinks Much Ado About Nothing is “fun” or “hilarious” they way I do.

It started out simply enough. I read this awful book in middle school called “Izzy Willy Nilly” about a girl who is in a drunk driving accident and looses her leg. The beginning of this book kinda goes along the same way, but not near as dramatic. Probably because the main character is a boy, Ezra; NOT a whiny, hopeless teenaged girl.

I don’t quite know how to explain the connection. There’s romance in a way that’s not over the top cheesy or gross. More like “falling asleep, slowly then all at once.” There’s just enough mystery to keep you guessing without getting annoyed that the answers aren’t happening as you demand them. There’s a vulnerability that is so spot on. Where do you sit at lunch? Who do you talk to in class? Who is going to be your partner? It’s raw and it’s real. I feel like everyone went to high school with at least one kid that was a super star athlete, popular the works and they are injured in a game or something and suddenly the status quo of the world seems to shift as we all sit and wait to see if they recover, if they bounce back, how everyone else reacts. Ezra, was that kid.

The book opens with two quotes that really set the tone of the book.

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The Great Gatsby is one of my all time FAVORITE books. Schneider references Fitzgerald brilliantly. Most of my giggling was in tandem with the references. Ezra has a Standard Poodle named Cooper. He’s and older dog and Ezra has assigned Cooper the personality of Jay Gatsby. Schneider had me giggling to myself and my poor dog. Until the end. Then I bawled like a baby. It would be remiss of me to leave out the Doctor Who references, THE MONTY PYTHON REFERENCE and so many others that made my little nerd heart oh so dearly happy!

Hilariously enough, in the UK the book was released with the title “Severed Heads and Broken Hearts.” Once you read the book you’ll laugh way harder at that than you really should.

I can’t wait to recommend this to my high schoolers. This was an easy and quick read. I read it in about 3 hours. To do that math, that’s about 111-112 pages an hour. I believe that regardless of whether or not you are a “jock,” “a nerd,” “the ‘not out of the closet but pretty sure you’re going to be’ kid,” or the kid that ends up “crippled,” there is something in this book to be taken away for everyone.

I liked that this didn’t have the classical “happy ending” like a Disney movie, and yet, I feel happy. Like the book ended exactly as it should have. I’m not even mad. 🙂

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