Posters are up, projector is connected, paper is in place and I'm ready to hit the ground running with some simple algebra for my 6th graders on the first day. I've always spent a few periods setting up guidelines and expectations, but I'm debating with myself about that this year. I think it might be better to get to work and address facilitation issues as they arise.
I'm also debating on how I want the warm-ups to work. I pulled out my AIMS books and copied a few What's Next pages and am thinking that this will be the Monday and Tuesday warm up. Or the Monday Warm Up/Homework. If students talk to their parents, siblings, and friends about solving the problems, at least they are having a discussion about patterns that may rub off in the classroom. It's all about learning.
I still need to talk to my colleagues about how they feel about intermittent math homework. I want to avoid assigning homework on those days where I feel I didn't finish the lesson, or the students didn't understand the concept enough to work on it independently. I can always assign mangahigh.