It's official, I got my back to school letter from my principal yesterday. And wouldn't you know, I had my mind prepped for reporting on Wednesday, only to find that the first day of pre-planning is actually Tuesday! Doh!
Last year I started off with students personalizing a Fakebook page I found for FREE on Teachers pay Teachers. I found, though, that my high school students were much LESS into Facebook than my middle schoolers had been. This was kind of a flop for me. (I *am* still thinking about using it as a product choice as we learn about different scientists. I'm thinking I will have a bulletin board of profiles that students create. What would be REALLY cool, would be to have a "News Feed" along side of it, using emoji post-it notes and hashtags.)
This year, I want to start off the year with a Growth Mindset theme. I was contemplating all these cool bulletin boards and posters that I could buy or make. But what better way to get buy-in than to have my classes make them?
The project I'm most excited for this year is my Wonder Wall/ Innovation Space. I want to have stations where groups can collaborate and brainstorm - whiteboards, rolls of brown kraft paper, chalkboards - and present. I'm floating an idea past my principal to paint my tables in the lab with chalkboard and/or dry erase paint. (If that doesn't work, I'll just cover with paper like at Maggiano's).