I want to start the year with 3-4 minute personal interviews with each and every student (sixth graders). I’m not a big fan of pencil/paper activities, but I do use them occasionally. I’m looking for really creative ways for the class as a whole to continue to learn while I hold these interviews. I’d like to do approx. 10 min. of interviews each day, with 30 students, so it should take me 3 class periods to complete the interviews. I guess I’m looking for 3 different 10-minute activities for the others to do while I’m interviewing.
If it was later in the year, no problem—our routines, expectations, etc., would be laid out and understood, and we’d have plenty of projects for the kiddos to work on. But I’d like to do this THE FIRST TWO WEEKS OF SCHOOL, and I’d like some of your suggestions.