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Old 08-02-2011, 03:48 AM
 
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I just got my rosters for my middle school classes. I knew they were going to be big but I have 14 in one period and almost all of my big personalities are in there. Plus, they are mixed grades--6th, 7th, and 8th graders together in one class. I really want to do quite a bit of team building at the beginning of the year to get them working together.

I have already pulled a number of resources, but I would LOVE to hear your favorite icebreakers, getting to know you, and/or team building activities. I know this is going to be a great year, especially if we get the foundation set first thing.

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Break the class into two groups, have them form a circle and then reach across and join hands with different people. Then they have to untangle. They can all talk the first time, then only one person can talk, the third time they have to do it silent. They love it! I did this before with third graders and also with 6th graders.
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Old 08-04-2011, 04:58 PM
 
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There is a Kagan group here on PT that can probably give you some great ideas for class/team building. The "structures" are fun and the students really enjoy them. At the moment my brain is not cooperating or else I would be happy to post some of the activities.
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14? That's great. At my school last year we had approximately 33-35 in our cluster classes. And the pull out classes had even more.
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More than 35 in one pull-out period? That's crazy! I cannot see how that would be anywhere safe or effective for teaching. Our state has a recommendation of no more than 9 per group for the most effective teaching. Of course, we can't always get that.

I know 14 isn't a huge class by normal standards, but it's definitely my biggest. And with the personalities in this room and the different ages, it feels like a lot more .

Thanks for all the ideas! I have never heard of Kagan so I will be checking that out.


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Well it was a middle school with over 1100 students.
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