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 Good luck this year!

Some of my Actual Stuff

First-day Fun (icebreakers and teambuilders)

Parent Letter (sent home the first day with the syllabus

Rules for Computer Users

Business Course Rationales (Oran High School)

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

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Business Course Syllabi

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

Communicating at work: Building a successful team

Increasing Productivity (this is a neat one, but I can't do it in class--involves pocketknife, but maybe could be adapted)

Companions for a Mars Journey

This has two that I use, Who Stays and Alien Attack

Resources from Elsewhere (but good!)

Tips and Strategies from First-Year Teachers

Course Outlines (performance standards from MO DESE webpage)

What Should be in a Course Syllabus (tips)

Sample Course Syllabus (not a business one, but I really like the setup and explanations given)

First Day of School Icebreakers

A Quotation a Day (neat ongoing class activity)

Advice for First Year Teachers

Setting Up Your Classroom

First Day of School Activities

Teaching Tips (for college teachers, but adaptable)

The First Day of Class:Setting the Right Tone

ISU Center for Teaching and Learning:Teaching Tips

Teacher Talk Homepage (great articles)

Teaching Help

Resources about Grading

Icebreakers and Energizers