|I'd like to give each child a really good drawing pen since|
we'll draw many, many math models in 2017.
I'll begin the day by saying how happy I am to be there and to have the chance to learn with such an awesome group of students. Later in the week I'll pass out thank you/new year's notes and new drawing pens to each student.
Then I'll remind them of our talk just before vacation and the list we made--a list about what we can do to be a dynamic learning community, a community that supports one another and learns a lot.
After that we'll dive into the math with a review of division algorithms, problem solving, and concepts as well as a chance to practice online and off.
I'll slow down the transitions a bit to remind students about what's expected with regard to respect and responsibility to each other and the rest of the students and adults in the school.
I find that greeting the students with a big smile on the first day back at school goes a long way with regard to a good new start for the days to come. Happy New Year! May your first day back at school be days filled with warmth, smiles, and wonderful learning.