As a follow up activity with new groups, I get students to find something about each other using some of the questions above and any others they might need. First, I give each student a piece of paper and ask them to write their name on it. Then we stick the pieces of paper on the classroom walls. Students then work in pairs and have a minute to find out something about their partner. I put on background music when they’re doing this. When the music stops, they write everything that they can remember about their partner on the relevant piece of paper. They then repeat the activity a few times with new partners, and write only new information on each piece of paper. At the end of the activity, students check their information and have to say if it’s correct or not. And if your class know each other already, they could use this activity to talk about what they did over the summer.
For a broader look at things to do in your first few lessons, you can watch the webinar that I gave with Robert Campbell and Rebecca Robb Benne, my two co-author’s on Beyond, Macmillan’s new secondary course. It’s called First classes and beyond and you can find it here.
For more information about Rob Metcalf, click here.