Student Contributor: D. Peterson
The Classroom Scavenger Hunt is an activity for the first days of school instruction, used for reviewing classroom expectations, procedures and the location of classroom materials. How this is an effective tool is because it reinforces classroom rules and procedures while making students feel confident and successful in their new classroom.
For your new students entering your classroom at the beginning of the year, they will be unfamiliar with classroom expectations and rules. Introducing the Scavenger Hunt to your class will give the students a fun opportunity to learn about locations in your classroom as well as what you expect from them during the school year, through a sequence of hints and steps to follow. This can also be used for upper level grades as a way to review what they have learned in the beginning of the week since they are collaborating with multiple classrooms.
The scavenger hunt activity relates to the preventative phase of management because it reviews what the classroom and teacher expects out of students. How it reflects this phase of management is because the class understands the various procedures that will make classroom instruction run smoothly. This activity also occurs before actual classroom learning begins, meaning the teacher is still preparing students to prevent problems down the road. This activity reflects teacher directed learning and collaborative the best from the ideas that students have an opportunity to independently understand classroom expectations that the teacher has written as well as collaborate with their peers and instructor to identify locations in the classroom.
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Tool Source: This idea was introduced to me by another classmate.