Sunday, August 2, 2015

My Tried and True First Day of School Plans {3 Tips for the First Day of School}


I've had a lot of first days of school as a teacher and have learned a few things along the way. 

I hate icebreakers.  Take a group of kids who have some nervous energy, put them in a room where rules, routines, and expectations have yet to be learned and designate one adult who has yet to establish the teacher look that means business and you have the recipe for chaos. Instead I prefer activities that are calm, fun, and purposeful.

It's important to start the year on a positive note. Here is a collection of my tried and true tips for the first day of school.
  • Reach out to the students and their families before the first day of school. Give them a call to introduce yourself and ask how the child will be going home on the first day. This is especially true with the littlest learners.
  • Send them a note (good old fashion snail mail or an email if you have the address) letting them know what to expect on the first day of school. Tell them where you will meet them and what will happen as soon as they enter the classroom (see below). This will not only cut down on nerves, but will also help your day run smoothly.






  • Have an activity that will last several days and can be done independently so if a situation comes up and your attention is needed it can be their go to project for the week. I have had great success with these "I am a ____ Grader" activity books. You can read about them here: Back to School Activity Booklets for All Grade Levels



  • Get to school early. Allow plenty of extra time so you are not worried about traffic, coffee spills, last minute students added to your roster or any other unplanned distractions. You want to be calm, cool and collected when the littles arrive.

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