• 1. Smart School Start 2015 Academic Mini-Mixers Things That Rock! Estimated time: 30 minutes by Marlena Hebern
  • 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. In self contained classes: Do this as a school wide activity In departmentalized classes: Do this for each period
  • 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. Things That Rock Rules:
  • 6. Things That Rock Rules: When I raise my hand, you raise yours …and you are immediately quiet.
  • 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. Homework
  • 9. iPads
  • 10. Dodgeball
  • 11. Girl or Boy Drama
  • 12. Not Knowing Your Grade
  • 13. Friends
  • 14. Teachers
  • 15. Rules
  • 16. Bullies
  • 17. Lunch Time
  • 18. School Projects
  • 19. PE
  • 20. Pool Parties
  • 21. Tech That Doesn’t Work
  • 22. Missing Assignments
  • 23. Missing the Bus
  • 24. People Who Yell
  • 25. Little Kid Parties
  • 26. Math
  • 27. Lame Project Partners
  • 28. Back Packs
  • 29. Working Alone
  • 30. Chrome Books
  • 31. Writing
  • 32. Detention
  • 33. Little Brothers or Sisters
  • 34. Seeing the Principal
  • 35. Reading Books
  • 36. Recess
  • 37. Field Trips
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  • 1. Smart School Start 2015 Academic Mini-Mixers Things That Rock! Estimated time: 30 minutes by Marlena Hebern
  • 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. In self contained classes: Do this as a school wide activity In departmentalized classes: Do this for each period
  • 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. Things That Rock Rules:
  • 6. Things That Rock Rules: When I raise my hand, you raise yours …and you are immediately quiet.
  • 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. Homework
  • 9. iPads
  • 10. Dodgeball
  • 11. Girl or Boy Drama
  • 12. Not Knowing Your Grade
  • 13. Friends
  • 14. Teachers
  • 15. Rules
  • 16. Bullies
  • 17. Lunch Time
  • 18. School Projects
  • 19. PE
  • 20. Pool Parties
  • 21. Tech That Doesn’t Work
  • 22. Missing Assignments
  • 23. Missing the Bus
  • 24. People Who Yell
  • 25. Little Kid Parties
  • 26. Math
  • 27. Lame Project Partners
  • 28. Back Packs
  • 29. Working Alone
  • 30. Chrome Books
  • 31. Writing
  • 32. Detention
  • 33. Little Brothers or Sisters
  • 34. Seeing the Principal
  • 35. Reading Books
  • 36. Recess
  • 37. Field Trips
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