This page contains some helpers for the first-year business teachers out there. My old course syllabi and classroom rules are posted (newer syllabi is on the Curriculum page), and links are provided for course outlines and much, much more!! If you have specific questions about anything not addressed here, please feel free to e-mail me at tonya@btskinner.com. Good luck this year!

Some of my Actual Stuff

First-day Fun (icebreakers and teambuilders)
iceteam.html

Parent Letter (sent home the first day with the syllabus
pletter.html

Rules for Computer Users
comprules.html

Business Course Rationales (Oran High School)
beration.html

Mrs. Skinnerís Rules and Expectations for Students (posted on my wall)
expect.html

Join Professional Organizations! Click here for more information or to look at Professional Development Plans

Business Course Syllabi
syllabi.html

First Day Stuff

On the first day of school, I like to do some team building or thinking activities. Here are some that I have used:

Values Clarification and Alien Attack Exercise
http://www.youthwork.com/couns/famval.html#values

Communicating at work: Building a successful team
http://slincs.coe.utk.edu/gtelab/learning_activities/20evej.html

Increasing Productivity (this is a neat one, but I can't do it in class--involves pocketknife, but maybe could be adapted)
http://slincs.coe.utk.edu/gtelab/learning_activities/51poue.html

Companions for a Mars Journey
http://www.thursdaysclassroom.com/02dec99/teach8.html

This has two that I use, Who Stays and Alien Attack
http://www.wadsworth.com/colsuccess_d/special_features/downloads/activities.rtf

Resources from Elsewhere (but good!)

Tips and Strategies from First-Year Teachers
http://www.ed.gov/pubs/FirstYear/ch3.html

Course Outlines (performance standards from MO DESE webpage)
http://www.dese.state.mo.us/divvoced/business/competencies.htm

What Should be in a Course Syllabus (tips)
http://www.drexel.edu/provost/syllabi.html

Sample Course Syllabus (not a business one, but I really like the setup and explanations given)
http://www.oswego.org/staff/tcaswell/gh9_syllabus.htm

First Day of School Icebreakers
http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/lesson131.shtml

A Quotation a Day (neat ongoing class activity)
http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/lesson132.shtml

Advice for First Year Teachers
http://www.education-world.com/a_curr/curr152.shtml

Setting Up Your Classroom
http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Delphi/7862/classroom.html

First Day of School Activities
http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/lesson019.shtml

Teaching Tips (for college teachers, but adaptable)
http://www.unl.edu/teaching/Teachtips.html

The First Day of Class:Setting the Right Tone
http://www.csuohio.edu/uctl/tchtips1.html

ISU Center for Teaching and Learning:Teaching Tips
http://web.indstate.edu/ctl/prog/ntips.html

Teacher Talk Homepage (great articles)
http://educate.educ.indiana.edu/cas/tt/ttarticles.html

Teaching Help
http://www.foothill.net/~moorek/index.html

Resources about Grading
http://www.middleweb.com/Grading.html

Icebreakers and Energizers
http://www.angelfire.com/ks/teachme/icebreakers.html