New Teacher - First Days of School
When establishing your classroom
expectations, it's important for you to remember that the goal is to help
students become more responsible. The intent for administering
rules/expectations and procedures is to help students learn appropriate and
productive life skills within a comfortable classroom environment.
The activities of the first days of school
should lead to some specific goals. These goals might fit into four areas:
- The teacher getting to know the students.
- The students getting to know the teacher and
- Teacher maintaining classroom organization
- Teachers and students becoming aware of your
school policy, procedures, and culture.
Teacher getting to know the students
- Actively engaging all students in learning
- Providing administrative, review and
diagnostic activities, both formal and informal assessments
- Monitoring student activities, both academic
Students getting to know the teacher and each other
- Students introduce themselves to each other.
- Teacher greets students and demonstrates
- Design activities to make students feel
unique and successful. Keep activities simple but meaningful. Hands-on
activities that result in a product or a sense of productivity are beneficial.
- Establish an accepting climate.
- Lead student self-assessment activities.
Classroom organization and management
- Acquaint students with room and materials
they will use (supplies, texts, building).
- Teach appropriate behavior, rules,
procedures, consequences, attention signal.
- Explain homework.
- Demonstrate that teacher is well-prepared
- Provide an overview of curriculum to be
- Preview curriculum as a motivational device.
- Become aware of your school policy,
procedures, and culture.
policy, procedures, and culture