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Things That Rock

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This Smart Start activity is modeled after the much-loved edcamp activity, Things That Suck.

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Things That Rock

  1. 1. Smart School Start 2015 Academic Mini-Mixers Things That Rock! Estimated time: 30 minutes by Marlena Hebern
  2. 2. Academic Goals Culture Goals Establish a positive climate Students begin to build rapport with one another Students feel like they are a part of the class Light and meaningful social activity perfect for establishing and practicing “quiet” signals. Students have fun Get to know what your class thinks about school issues
  3. 3. In self contained classes: Do this as a school wide activity In departmentalized classes: Do this for each period
  4. 4. How to Set Up the Activity: • Mark one side of the room as Lame and the other end as Rocks. • Students physically move to the side of the room to identify with their view on the topic. • Allow students to move on the continuum. • Choose students to give their reasons for their position. • Move on to the next topic and repeat!
  5. 5. Things That Rock Rules:
  6. 6. Things That Rock Rules: When I raise my hand, you raise yours …and you are immediately quiet.
  7. 7. Things That Rock Rules: When I raise my hand, you raise yours …and you are immediately quiet. One person talks at a time.
  8. 8. Homework
  9. 9. iPads
  10. 10. Dodgeball
  11. 11. Girl or Boy Drama
  12. 12. Not Knowing Your Grade
  13. 13. Friends
  14. 14. Teachers
  15. 15. Rules
  16. 16. Bullies
  17. 17. Lunch Time
  18. 18. School Projects
  19. 19. PE
  20. 20. Pool Parties
  21. 21. Tech That Doesn’t Work
  22. 22. Missing Assignments
  23. 23. Missing the Bus
  24. 24. People Who Yell
  25. 25. Little Kid Parties
  26. 26. Math
  27. 27. Lame Project Partners
  28. 28. Back Packs
  29. 29. Working Alone
  30. 30. Chrome Books
  31. 31. Writing
  32. 32. Detention
  33. 33. Little Brothers or Sisters
  34. 34. Seeing the Principal
  35. 35. Reading Books
  36. 36. Recess
  37. 37. Field Trips

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