Great “Back to School” Teaching Resources!

We at Cube for Teachers hope you’ve been enjoying a summer filled with rest and relaxation.

Over the summer months, The Cube has grown to 43,000+ resources shared by educators. This free resource is now considered one of Ontario’s largest collaboration platforms for teachers.

To assist you in your preparation for the upcoming year, we’ve gathered some activities and resources that have been shared by educators in Cube for Teachers to help get the year off to a fun start.

On behalf of all educators, we thank teachers who have shared links to their favourite educational resources. Together we are building better education.

Activities and Resources

40 Icebreakers for Small Groups: These 40 icebreakers are simple to use and suitable for a wide age range. They are great with a small youth group and can be used in a small space! This selection will encourage sharing, openness, listening, cooperation and discussion, providing a useful ‘getting to know you’ or ‘group building’ introduction for a small group study or teaching time. [activities]

The Marshmallow Challenge: This is a fun activity that encourages teams to experience simple but profound lessons in key aspects of innovation – ideas generation, collaboration, creativity and teamwork. Teams are given a challenge to build the tallest freestanding structure that will support the weight of one marshmallow. They have 18 minutes to complete the challenge and are given a set amount of building materials. Allow 45–60 minutes to run this activity. [activity]

Save Fred: This team building activity is great for elementary students. A fun activity that engages teams in saving Fred the worm who cannot swim. Students must save Fred the gummy worm without touching him with their hands and only using the limited tools provided. [activity]

If you like “Save Fred”, you may also like A Week of STEM Activities for the elementary grades. [activity]

The Cup Stack: This collaborative activity is a great way to get your students working together to solve problems and helps set up great whole group discussions about how to work together to meet goals and learn from your mistakes. Every student plays and equal role. [activity]

Icebreakers for Secondary Students: Providing effective icebreaker activities for high school students can be challenging. You need to access moods, group dynamics, and the comfort level of participants. This link provides a wide variety of icebreakers for high school students from which you should be able to find the perfect icebreaker game. [activities]

Icebreakers and Team Building: This link provides a number of icebreakers and team builders. Some are more appropriate for new groups, others for more established groups. Not all of these activities will appeal to everyone, but there are many for you to choose from to help get your group going! [activities]

10+ Getting to Know You Activities for Teens & Adults: Many of us are beginning new classes with new learners. The first days of class are very important for helping our students begin to build relationships with their peers. Getting to know you activities are fun and help us ensure we have a semester full of lasting memories. [activities]

Back-to-School Resources for Parents: This blog contains numerous resources to help children begin school with a positive mindset, support their transition into a new school year, and prepare them for learning. [strategies and tips]

If you’d like to search for additional resources, you’ll find many, many more shared in The Cube under topic area “Other Teaching Resources” using phrases and keywords such as: “back to school”, “first day” or “icebreakers”.

Do you have a resource worth sharing? We’d love to see it shared in The Cube.

In our next blog, we will be highlighting resources pertaining to inquiry skill-building.

Wishing you a successful start to the new school year.

Admin Team
www.cubeforteachers.com

“First Day” Teaching Resources

As you prepare for a busy and exciting school year ahead, Cube for Teachers wants to help by providing you with useful “first day” teaching resources.

With over 33 000 K-12 web resources shared by a growing number of Ontario teachers, here are a few “first day” activities and strategies to help get you started:

Fun Activities: Get the School Off to a Good Start: Here are 13 activities from Education World to help teachers get to know student strengths, set the classroom tone, observe student interaction, or just provide a little fun.

7 Questions to Ask Parents at the Beginning of the Year:  Seven questions teachers can ask parents at the start of the year with the intention of building a partnership to support their child’s learning.

36 Interesting Ways to Get to Know Your Class:  This Google Slide is a collection of various icebreakers shared by teachers.

7 First Day of School Activities Students Love: Here are a few icebreakers from Teach Hub to try to get the school year off to a great start.

Critical First Week of High School: This resource from Scholastic highlights some strategies for building rapport and setting expectations from day one.

Back to School with iPads: 5 Steps for the First 5 Days: Are you looking to introduce iPads on the first few days of school?  Whether it’s 1:1 or shared devices, this resource from Edutopia highlights a few strategies to get you started.

100 Classroom Organizing Tricks:  This blog from Scholastic includes 100 teacher tips for creating a well-organized and efficient classroom environment.

Back to School: A Surefire Strategy for Building Classroom Community: Blogger Anne Shaw highlights a fun, beginning-of-the-year strategy that includes a roll of toilet paper.

New Teachers: Creating a Shiny, Happy Lesson: Cheryl Mizerny develops a classroom that does not require a system to handle misbehavior because it so rarely occurs. No checkmarks on the board, no list of consequences, no rewards. Just engaged, productive, friendly students.

A Place for Learning: The Physical Environment of Classrooms:  Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips suggests that a critical piece of student learning is the physical environment of the classroom itself. He offers examples of and resources for turning impersonal spaces into student-friendly havens of learning.

For more “first day” and “back to school” resources, check out Cube for Teachers under the topic area “Other Teaching Resources”. All resources found within Cube for Teachers have been shared by teachers throughout Ontario.

Wishing you all the best on your school year startup.

Sincerely,

The Administrative Team
www.cubeforteachers.com