So my idea is to try to track my time, outside of the general school day hours, that I spend working on “school stuff”. I’m not counting any work I’ve done before August 1 – mainly because I didn’t think of this blog until today. So I know this entry will say it’s posted on August 2, but you’ll just have to take me on my honor that the work I describe was all completed yesterday. I swear on my lesson plan book. 😉
I only worked on “school stuff” for about 3 hours yesterday (midnight until 3am, actually). I would’ve liked to get into my classroom, but I was there the day before and the janitors told me I wouldn’t be able to get in again until next week. Le sigh. So I brought out my lesson plan book and laptop and worked from home.
I have a new prep this year, so I spent the 3 hours creating the website, writing the syllabus and planning the first unit’s lessons. None of those projects are finished though, so more on them as I progress.
One task I was able to complete was preparing an ice breaker game for the first week of class. Here’s the background:
My new prep is the sophomore level Scriptures course. I also teach theology to freshmen and seniors and advise the yearbook program. I wanted to come up with a couple of new ice breakers to play with the sophomores because some of them already played my usual ones last year. Plus they already know each other somewhat, so we don’t have to focus so much on basic name memorization. I adapted this one from a list I found on Pinterest. The original was designed to be played like a board game and I thought it would be awesome to create a “SmartBoardgame”. Fun, right? Unfortunately the board game template wouldn’t play nice and it was 3 am, so I adjusted the plan a bit.
Here’s the finished product.
The idea is that the students will throw a ball at the SmartBoard and it will bring up a random question that they will then need to answer. Like this…
Simple, silly and fun. I won’t use this on the first day of class; I’ll use a more interactive icebreaker that day. My school is on a partial block schedule though, so I think this will be a great break during our first block class.
Here’s the template I ended up using. It looks like it was designed with a younger age group in mind, but if it goes well with my class, I may end up using it for a review game from time to time. I think it may be a keeper!
So 1 day into our countdown between summers and the total stands at 3 hours of planning and prep work.