The first couple of days I never start right into my curriculum because there is generally a lot of interruptions with class meetings, and schedule changes etc. So I thought I would start by setting my own expectations for students in this class with an emphasis on equity in the classroom. I found some cartoons that I thought I would evenly distribute out, and give them time to journal their thoughts and ideas about the cartoon, then allow them to discuss in groups of 3-4. Then I thought I would pull up these pic on the smart board and allow a classroom discussion on it. With remaining 10-15 minutes I would pose the question " when I am in this class, what does equity look like to me? What makes me feel like I am valued and what doesn't ? I will then open up the rest of the time for any questions or comments. This will give the students value in their thoughts and concerns and hopefully open dialogue tomorrow for them to write rules on post it's their own expectations and consequences for this class.
I hope by practice and setting boundaries the first week we can work individually and in groups to answer questions such as what are computers and know we are valued and contribute to there is no one right solution or definition to this question