Back to School Ideas for Middle & High School Teachers: Getting To Know Your Students

July 29, 2016

To prepare for going back to school, middle school and high school English Language Arts teachers discussed collecting student information, what to include in a syllabus, important routines and procedures for the first week, forming relationships with students, and building partnerships with parents. Read through the chat for ideas to implement in your own classroom.
This #2ndaryELA Twitter chat was all about preparing for back to school. Middle school and high school English Language Arts teachers discussed collecting student information, what to include in a syllabus, important routines and procedures for the first week, forming relationships with students, and building partnerships with parents.

Read through the chat below for ideas on what student information to collect to enhance your lessons: interests, reading history, learning styles, etc. You'll see examples of how to make your syllabus more visually appealing and learn what other teachers emphasize on day one. You'll also find ways to get to know your students and communicate with their parents.

Hope you'll join us next Tuesday August 2nd at 8pm EST to talk about curriculum and unit planning. We'd also love for you to join our 2ndaryELA Facebook group (even if you aren't on Twitter). 2ndaryELA is a group of middle and high school English Language Arts teachers looking to share ideas and best practices. This group is an extension of our Twitter chat and a place for collaboration, questions, and encouragement. Feel free to post teaching ideas, success stories, resource links, photos, etc. that will enhance our instruction. 

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  1. Students really despise having to repeat this information for every teacher, so I thought about doing something different this year. What are your thoughts on...having students arrange themselves in alpha order, have them interview each other then have them take turns on presenting the information they learned about one another. Maybe give them some varying guided questions??

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    1. Melinda,
      Sounds like a fun way to get to know each other and for you to learn a little about them. I think the guiding questions will support students feeling a little shy or nervous.
      Brynn Allison

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