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The Ultimate Guide to Your First Day at School

The Ultimate Guide to Your First Day at School

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Whether you are a first-time teacher or an experienced educator, there are certain things you have in common. One of those things is the first day of school. Being prepared and ready to accept students into your classroom is paramount in making them feel welcomed to your classroom, and also giving you the edge to begin the school year off on the right foot. This simple guide will help you make sure you are ready for the first day of school.

Know Your Stuff

If you have not already done so, be sure to know your state standards for the grade level you are teaching. This information can usually be found at the board of education website for your state. Here you will learn about the mandatory regulations for math, reading, and writing, as well as other subjects. If you are a veteran teacher, you will also find any updates that may be different than before. Summertime is the time to go over these standards and contact your administrators with any questions you may have.

What’s Your Behavior Management Plan?

It is highly recommended that you have a written plan for what rules will be implemented in your classroom. You should also know how to handle difficult students who do not follow the rules. The plan should be well thought out and look professional. Some schools require that you turn in your plan to the administration. Keep a copy for yourself, if you must do this. New teachers may have to start business management plan from scratch. In this case, don’t be afraid to ask veteran teachers for their opinions. You don’t necessarily have to use everything you hear, but it gives you a good idea of where teachers may feel the same on certain issues. While compiling information for your behavior management plan, contemplate these questions:


  • • What incentives motivate children to behave?
  • • How long are students in my grade expected to sit still?
  • • In what ways does a positive environment affect students behavior?
  • • When is the best time to allow children to work together; work independently?

These questions might help you tailor a behavior management plan that works. When something isn’t working, change it!

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