Class member diversity - getting to know the teacher and the class members.
Background for Teachers
Students will work more comfortably with each other and the teacher if they are acquainted with each other.
- Have students fill out INTRODUCTIONS check sheet and then work in
pairs to share answers. Have students introduce their partner and
tell two things about them.
Alternatives to the Introductions lesson:
- Have students write a secret note about their partner to
be turned in to the teacher to share with the class. Students may
feel more comfortable with this method of reporting their
- Use the responses to the questions listed in INTRODUCTIONS as a bulletin board. Have the background of the bulletin board
such that the students can write on the background.
Have the students respond to the questions by writing on the
background as they would write graffiti on a wall. Add titles or
captions to create the bulletin board.
If you wish, add visuals depicting each question. (e.g. What
uncommon or rare food have you eaten? The visual could be a
picture or drawing of an octopus. Use a clear title.)
- Have the students participate in the activity Inquiry. See the example INQUIRY LESSON: INTRODUCTION OF SELF. Tell the class about your first food preparation experiences,
how you felt about them and have students share feelings they have
about food preparation.
Alternative approach to the Inquiry Lesson:
Line students up around the class according to height. Have
the tallest move down the line to the shortest so that the
students pair themselves. Give them 3 minutes each to interview
each other. Students will then introduce their partner to the
class, using the information they have just learned. Teacher
concludes the inquiry lesson by introducing herself to the class.
- Have students work with a partner and share reasons for taking the class. Group the responses by combining teams and folding answers into broader categories. Discuss the goals of the coarse and compare them with the students' responses that have been grouped in categories on the chalkboard.
- Students will participate in a teacher demonstration of POPOVER VEGGIES which will give justification for having RULES AND GUIDELINES for classroom behavior.