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Saturday, 30 November 2013

Planning for Your First Day at School

You're as ready as you'll ever be! Now what?
  • Arrive early! Give the classroom one last check. Turn on the lights and open the blinds.
  • Greet students at the door. Introduce yourself and welcome them. Smile!
  • As students arrive, hand them an assignment and ask them to get started immediately.
  • Help students prepare their own nametags. You'll find name tag templates among Education World's Back-to-School Templates.
  • Review, explain, and discuss school rules and procedures.
  • Work together to develop a list of classroom rules and consequences, or provide students with a copy of your class rules.
  • As you move through the day, explain and practice class routines.
  • Take pictures of students at work and play. Save some for Parents' Night and for student-of-the-week bulletin boards. Use others to start a class scrapbook.
  • Discuss class or individual goals and expectations. Younger students may enjoy hearing and discussing Judith Viorst's "The First Day" poem.
  • Try to include an activity that provides opportunities for students to interact or problem-solve. Check out the Education World article Icebreakers: Sixteen Getting to Know You Activities.
  • Congratulate yourself on a job well done!


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