School is beginning for most of us. I teach on the college level, but I still feel the most important thing I can do is to make the students feel connected to one another so that they at least know one other person in the class. I always start each new class by playing a true/false game. I start off the first class by listing four items about myself, three that are true and one that is false. The students try to discover the false one. On a 3” × 5” card, I then have the students write four things about themselves, three true and one false from which we, as a class, try to find the false one. I then collect and save the cards.
At the next class meeting, I will choose 3-4 cards from which to read the true statements. As a class, we try to match the student to the card. It really helps the students to relax and have fun at the same time plus they get to know each other. I usually do this activity for a couple of weeks until I sense that the students are comfortable being in the group.
By the way, here are my four statements. Can you choose the false one?
- I have eight grandchildren, five of whom are adopted.
- My husband asked me to marry me on our first date.
- I am a big Jayhawk (Kansas University) fan. (We live in Kansas.)
- I have been teaching for over 30 years.
Give up? You can find the answer on the page entitled Answers to Questions.
You might be interested in two other back to school items. First is the Back to School Glyph for grades K-3.
Secondly, for new teachers, there is a Beginning of the Year Checklist. This four page comprehensive checklist walks you through 88 items which should to be established before the first day of school.