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Title: The First Day of School:

The First Day of School
  • The Adventure Begins

The first day of school is one full of first
impressions Students size up the teacher and
the teacher sizes up the students.
The Teacher as Pack Leader
  • Like a pack leader who claims territory, the
    classroom teacher must also claim the classroom
    by being their calmly-asserting authority.

First to Arrive Last to Leave
  • Greet everyone at the door and
  • be at the door when students
  • leave. In essence, this action
  • says I welcome you into MY
  • space and now I bid you farewell!

Benefits of Claiming your Classroom
  • Direct students to seats.
  • Set the tone for the class.
  • Match faces with names.
  • Express clear expectations.
  • Set the days goals in motion.

Be Seated Everyone
  • The best advice to rookie teachers is to have
    an alphabetical seating chart on day 1 and keep
    it as long as needed (at least, until you know
    your students names and determine
    personalities). Then decide on a permanent
    seating chart (if needed). Tape names to desks
    at lower grades.

The Face has a Name
  • Learning student names should be your first
    major objective. This simple act tells students
    you respect them. You will also be able to
    quickly address misbehavior.

Idle Minds are Trouble!
  • Low expectations and free time are
    invitations for student misbehavior and allow
    student imagination to fill in the blanks. Have
    several activities (based on TEKS) as backups

Warming up the Brain Juices
  • Secondary and middle school students NEED a
    5-minute warm-up exercise daily. EC-4 students
    NEED a warm-up activity like art, or something

Do as I Say AND Do!
  • Setting the tone means being consistent with
    rules and expectations.
  • Your reputation hinges on this!

  • Do not confuse being friendly with being a
    students friend. Being a students friend
    comes after you have established yourself as a
    good teacher and you have come to know your
    students well. Even then, you must keep a
    professional distance.

1st Day Tasks
  • Learn your students names within a week.
  • Assign seats at least until you know their names.
  • Clarify/explain classroom rules (about 3 to 5).
  • Discuss emergency and safety procedures.
  • Introduce yourself and make yourself interesting.
  • Assign textbooks if available.
  • Explain and post your grading system.

More 1st Day Tasks
  • Collect student info.
  • Discuss major projects.
  • Explain how/where/when students get extra help.
  • Explain the doghouse ticket plan.

Clothes Make the Teacher
  • Dress professionally. No fashion statements
    please! No dressing up like your students.
    Nothing too casual or risqué. Check with your
    school or districts dress code policy.

  • For Your Toolkit
  • Create a 3 to 5 classroom rule chart.
  • Write a short introduction of yourself you plan
    to use on your students.
  • Create a 4 to 5 step Doghouse Ticket plan you
    want to use in your classes.