The first day of school can be nerve-wracking for teachers and students. I am always nervous the first day of school. Are the kids going to like me? Will they going to be well-behaved? Are the parents supportive? I often start worrying the week before the kids start. Worrying to the point I lose sleep, waking up for a couple hours in the middle of the night.
As a teacher, I will start in the middle of summer thinking and be planning out just the first day of school. I am not talking about starting that week teachers go back before the students. As a teacher, I will start by planning out how I am going to organize my classroom.
Teachers request a lot of supplies. I will use just about all that I request. My school requests several different colors of folders. The students use a different color folder for every purpose, whether that is to take math notes, or to hold center work or to keep track of their test scores.
I think about my classroom procedures. Do I need to change anything? How am I going to keep in contact with my parents? How will my schedule go on a typical school day? I look at a couple of the Power Points I use on the first day of school and work on updating those.
One Power Point goes over classroom rules and our expectations for the school year. Often I will share some special events that we hope will occur during the year. For example, fourth grade gets to go to the Brooksville Raid, which is a Civil War Re-enactment and they have a day for students to come and learn what life was like during the Civil War Era.
Another Power Point I share is one that shows the students many things about me. I believe it helps students to know what their teacher is like outside of school. What are my hobbies, likes, and dislikes?
Everything I plan and do on the first day of school is to help my students to be more comfortable and ready to learn in my class. Kids need to know what is expected of them in my class. They also like to have things to look forward to.
This year the first day of school is going to be a bit different for me. I will be an inclusion teacher working with special needs students in second and fourth-grade classrooms. Most of my time will be spent between two fourth grade classes. I am looking forward to being able to set my own schedule and being able to work with my CAPE (computer enrichment group).
I will not need a Power Point for my students this year. Many of the kids know me already. Those that don’t know me will get to know me in our small group learning.
It is going to be a great first day of school and a great school year!
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