Things to Do at the Beginning of the School Year

Things to Do at the Beginning of the School Year

keep calmWe all remember that Back-to-School anxiety on the first day of school: trouble sleeping before the first day of school; double-checking (maybe triple- or even quadruple-checking) your book bag for all the materials you need; headaches and stomachaches. After a few days of school, these anxieties will fade away (at least, for some student). As a teacher, you have to respond to these anxieties and help your students try to re-adapt to the new school year. So what can you do to help students ease back into school? There are activities that you can do with your students! So let’s take a look:

Learn each other’s name.

Yes! This is a must-do for teachers and students. Play a name game with your students so they have a chance to know each other. After all, a game is always a good icebreaker! If you need tips on how to remember your students’ names, check out our last post here! Or you can set up a buddy system so students can contact each other outside of school.

Do a fun survey.

Another way that you can help students drive out their Back-to-School anxiety is to have a quick fun survey. Students can work in a small group and college responses. This fun activity can get students out of their seat and start to talk to each other. It can facilitate conversations and allow students find out how similar they are to other students. Some questions that you might ask are:

  1. What is your favorite snack?
  2. My hidden talent is:
  3. What is your favorite school subject?
  4. How do you spend your free time?
  5. What is your favorite food?

Play a word game.

What better way to get students comfortable with new school year other than a word game. Create a word search or a crossword puzzle for your students to solve! They can even work in a group. Discovery Education offers a Puzzlemaker and allows you to create different kinds of puzzles.

Welcome back and wishing you have a great year!

Until next time,

Eva D.

The Voki Team

1560505_10152516453053764_8553617582835278394_nBio: Eva is the Community Manager for Voki and is part of the Marketing Team at Oddcast. She enjoys playing the piano and knitting on her free time. (She’s also a Rubik’s cube master!) She loves to hear your feedback and comments for Voki!

The Voki Back-to-the-Classroom Giveaway

The Voki Back-to-the-Classroom Giveaway

It’s a fact: summer is almost behind us, and a new school-year is starting. There’s no use denying it, so you might as well celebrate it! We’d like to help. In fact, we have a few things to celebrate.

To help celebrate the new school-year, the launch of Voki Classroom, and because we love teachers, we’ve decided to give away a whole bunch of Official Voki T-Shirts! These things are amazing! (You can see them modeled below)

Anyone can win a Voki t-shirt, and we are giving away plenty. You can wear them when teaching with Voki, or give yours away to a lucky student (or save yours in the hopes of one day auctioning it to the highest bidder…)!

How to win an Official Voki T-Shirt:

Here’s how to enter yourself in the daily drawing –
(Check out “How it Works” below, before entering.)

  1. Like Voki’s Facebook Page (if you don’t already)
  2. Follow @OfficialVoki on Twitter (if you don’t already)
  3. Tweet about why you love Voki, or how you use Voki in the classroom (add #VokiTee4Me).

Important: Make sure to include #VokiTee4Me at the end of your tweet so we can find it!

Tip: Getting your followers to re-tweet you increases your chance of winning…

Which Official Voki T-Shirt will you choose?

We have 4 types (as modeled by our very own Ashley):

How it works:

After every weekday (M-F), from Monday, September 5th to Friday, September 16th, 2011, we will randomly draw three (3) winners who have completed the 3 steps above during that day. If you are selected (and if you have completed the 3 steps), you win!

More Tips: Every day is a new day, meaning you can send out a different tweet each day and you’ll be in the running for that day’s selection. You can also send out more than one tweet per day, as long as each tweet is different. To be fair, each person can win only one (1) Voki T-Shirt.

If and when your name is selected, we will contact you via Twitter (via @ mention or DM). We’ll ask you to email us your info and we’ll send you an Official Voki T-Shirt! We’ll even pay the shipping!

Good luck to everyone and here’s to a great start to the new school-year!

The Voki Team