First Day Jitters
Describe a few things that make you nervous about starting a new school year. What are your expectations?
If you could purchase a bottle of “smart” pills that would guarantee success in just one subject area, what would be your choice... and why.
Who's the boss (you or your parents), during this annual "money spending" spree? Explain who has the final say, and why.
What's the Difference?
Compare and contrast the first day/week of school with the last day/week of school.
Hot Button Topic
Should college be made free to all... paid for by the U.S. taxpayer? Explain and defend your position..
Rules and Procedures
The teacher would like your input on classroom rules and discipline procedures that you feel are important and appropriate for your grade level.
With modern technology, how important is it to practice your handwriting. Should penmanship still be taught in the schools? What’s your opinion.
My Summer Vacation
A wealthy publisher has offered $1,000 dollars for the best “My Summer Vacation” story. You’ve been given 10 minutes to submit a quick summary.
Different is Good
A popular fast food commercial once said, “Different is good!”. Do you agree with this slogan when it comes to the school experience? Explain.
Cyberspace vs Mall
Given a choice, would you rather do your school shopping online, or at the mall. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of both.
Time to Get Up!
Describe the challenges of a typical school morning at your house... first from your point of view, then from your parents/guardian (be honest).
What academic fields and professions interest you at this point in your schooling.
Making School Better
If asked by the principal to honestly respond to the question, “What can be done to make our school, a better place?”, what would you say?
Attitude or Aptitude
Which is more important, “attitude” or “aptitude” when it comes to school achievement? Explain.
Everyone has a different style of learning. What works for you? Explain your thinking and offer some counsel to your new teacher in this regards.
How do you feel about schoolwork? What are some things you could do to be more efficient and successful in school.
Students and Cellphones
What is your opinion on the hot button issue of whether or not students should be allowed to have cellphones in school? Explain.
Paid to Learn?
Should students be paid for attending school? Discuss the pros and cons of this radical proposal to help with motivation and attendance issues.
Talk about diversity in your school. Why should differences among students be celebrated, not made fun of. Share any personal experiences you may have.
Write about your biggest challenge in school. How do you plan to overcome it. What kind of support would be helpful from your teachers and classmates.
Let’s talk school transportation. Write about bus, car, and pedestrian safety issues that are a concern to your parents and school officials.
If your classroom "academic team" was selected with a "draft", like some major league sports, make your best case for being an early pick.
What's new... and what's not in your closet of clothing and school accessories. Give us a sneak preview.
Is there any vital information that you'd like to share with your teacher, but not the whole class?