The first few hours or days back at school are hectic. Timetables to give out, courses to enrol, books to organise. Annndd in my case – uniforms to check, planners to sign, and inevitability parents to call about incorrect shoes, hair, make-up, skirt length, nail varnish. We are busy: sorting out seating plans, handing out new books, sorting out target sheets and stickers, homework schedules, IEPs and TA resources.
Yup – back to school is hectic.
Added to this, most schools encourage a full-pelt return to hard learning. “What the learning question for your first lesson?”
Sometimes we just need a little bit of time.
For my new classes with older students – I like to gain 10 minutes or so with a few easy ‘get to know you’ activities.
Espresso Yourself – does that just that. Buys me 10 minutes to calm, followed by quality chat with the kids I have only just met. While I am muddling through the register and seating plan, they are telling me everything I need to know about them.
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