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First day of school – photo via Flickr

The first day of school will be here before we know it. Breaking the ice with new students can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! We know that our readers are some of the smartest and most creative connected educators around. So we’re posing this question:

What is your favorite first day of school activity?

  • How do you break the ice, get your students to warm up to one another, and establish rapport?
  • Is it important for you to get to know your students’ learning styles on the first day?
  • What activities have you tried that worked particularly well for you? Did you create a time capsule? Go on a scavenger hunt? Have the students draw a picture of themselves? Start them out right away with getting connected and turning your classroom into a blended learning environment?
  • Tell us a story about what you did, and why you think it worked.
Post a comment with your favorite first day of school activity. We’ll post the results here in a few days (giving you credit, of course), and may select your activity to publish in a free eBook we’re building about the first day of school!
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Powerful Learning Practice

During a 25-year education career, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach has been a classroom teacher, technology coach, charter school principal, district administrator, university instructor and digital learning consultant. Sheryl is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Powerful Learning Practice, where she works with schools and districts from around the world to re-envision their learning cultures and communities through the Connected Learner Experience and other e-learning opportunities. She is the author (with Lani Ritter Hall) of The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age (Solution Tree, 2012) and serves on the ISTE Board of Directors.
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