Breaks are great...spring break, winter break, thanksgiving, we ALL need to recharge. BUT returning from break can be something of an ordeal. I think the transition from home to school after more than a weekend away is especially rough for my students. Knowing this, I try to teach a lesson that is all things to all people...quickly presented, easily understood, focused yet purposeful. I like a lead-in lesson before we get into the next big lesson. This leaves me free to handle classroom management, doesn't stress students out and gets everyone back into the swing of things. I decided on a review/assessment collage for all my classes, a welcome change from 5 classes all working on different projects! I have taught collage before but stressing overlapping and coating with a layer of Mod Podge really made this project a success this time.
copies of student directions so students could work at their own pace and didn't need to rely on me for direction.