The first few minutes of class are vital. They set the tone for the rest of class, and truly, the environment and atmosphere of your classroom. I really like to use the beginning of class intentionally. On Mondays, I have students create mini-gratitude lists and we do a mindfulness video from the Calm App (free for teachers). Tuesday through Thursday, I write out intentional questions related to reading. A lot of time these questions ask students to apply higher order thinking questions or make text-to-self connections. Fridays, however, are my favorite.
I'm Megan and I teach high school ELA. I'm all about literature, creativity, and aesthetics!