1. Entering the room
- Enter the room, take out any necessary supplies, and copy down the homework off the board.
- Greet them at the door
- Write the homework on the board
- Put directions under the doc cam* for what students should take out and then begin working on. There are usually only a few choices, so I have them pre-written on a ring that I can easily switch for different class periods.
- I set the timer for 5-8 minutes. When the timer goes off, they know it's time to start class.
2. Begin the warm-up
- Take attendance, reset from the previous class, pass back papers, conference with any kids who were absent or have missing work, and pick cards for the "question master."
3. Question Master
- One student serves as the "question master" and asks 3 classmates the daily questions: What is the date? What is the weather? How are you?
- Select one person as the "question master" and check off their name on a clipboard so everyone gets a turn. I give that person 3 cards that s/he must use to call on classmates and ask the 3 questions. (This way, no one is left out.)
- If it's someone's birthday, I rig it so that I pull that person's card to answer "What is the date?"
- Create an envelope for each class and assign them a colored notecard.
- Pass out the cards and have students write their full name largely. I also have mine choose a Spanish name and write it there too.
- The question master will ask the birthday person the date and present them with the "birthday sombrero."
- The class sings "Feliz Cumpleaños" and the birthday person has the choice to wear the hat all period.
- Create a birthday list using a print-out from the online grade book. I import all of my classes into Google Sheets (or Excel) and then sort by date and post it in my room. Each day I check it and write "Feliz Cumpleaños a:" (Happy birthday to:) and the person's name on the board. If you are lucky enough to have an online grade book that gives you birthday reminders, you can skip making the chart but, I find it doesn't always remind me if the birthday was over the weekend or a holiday.
5. Collecting papers/Materials
My classroom is set up in rows because its the only way to fit enough desks =). When I pass out materials, I give the correct amount to the person on the end and students take one and pass it down. We practice this the first week so students do it efficiently and don't play "keep away." (Oh middle schoolers!)
Students pass everything to the end of the row and the last person turns all papers into the basket or returns supplies to their appropriate spot.
* When I make my seating charts, I try to put students with movement break accommodations at the end of the row so they can get up frequently while still being helpful =).