8 Activities for the First Day of School!
- Make sure students fill out a Student Inventory Questionnaire.
- Pass out a syllabus and go over it carefully together
- Give students a small piece of paper and ask them to answer the following question, "What can you contribute to our class to make it a better one for everyone?" Then ask each student to read their answer aloud.
- Place students in pairs and ask them to share one thing they like to do and can do well. Have students introduce each other to the class by telling what their partner's talents are.
- Ask students to write a three-paragraph letter to you describing three things you really need to know about each of them in order to teach them well.
- Put students in groups of three and ask them to work together to find out what five values or beliefs they all have in common. Have each group share results with the class.
- Pass around a twelve-month calendar and ask students to record their name on their birthday.
- Create a short PowerPoint presentation about the subject you are teaching. Make it interesting by adding images, sound, music, etc. It should engage the students and pique their interest. They should leave your classroom on the first day of school with new knowledge and a desire to learn more about the subject.
Take Care of Yourself & Stay Healthy!
Starting a new school year can be very stressful. Especially if you are a new teacher. Therefore, it is vitally important that you take care of yourself and stay healthy.
Taking good care of yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually impacts how successful you will be as a teacher and how smoothly the year will go.
Don't neglect your well-being in an effort to save time. This will only backfire, causing sick days, stress, frustration, and the feeling of being overwhelmed. This in turn creates a negative classroom environment which is a direct cause of bad behavior and disrespect in students. It is all inter-connected!
Practicing the following health tips will get through the most challenging trials of those first weeks of school with ease.
Use them to help you cope and deal with all the pressures and demands of teaching middle school and high school students!
- Check your alarm clock and make sure it is working properly. The hardest part of starting a new school year is getting used to waking up much earlier than usual!
- Wear comfortable shoes because you will be on your feet all day.
- Spruce up your professional wardrobe because you want to make a good impression on your students and appear professional.
- Take care of as many of your personal household projects in advance as possible. You will discover that life is so much more pleasant if you don't have a million house projects to do on top of trying to get used to the new school year.
- Eat a healthy breakfast every single day. Make sure it includes some protein. My favorite weekday breakfast is a delicious smoothie made with low-fat milk, banana and peanut butter!
- Take a multivitamin every day.
- Make iced green tea & take it with you each day. Drink lots of water; stay hydrated!
- Get enough sleep. Burning the midnight oil to grade papers helps no one in the long run.
- During the school day, take a break and go outside. Getting fresh air will renew your spirit and give you much needed sunshine.
- Don't be tempted to work through your lunch hour. Taking a short walk outside will help you be more productive and mentally balanced.
- Keep healthy snacks in your desk drawer for when you feel a slump or are just plain hungry. Good examples include whole grain crackers with string cheese, apples & peanut butter, or trail mix made with dark chocolate, dried fruit and nuts.
- Resist the urge to keep candy or soda in there. Straight sugar will only make you crash moments later and you will feel horrible!
- Take time to exercise every day. Even if it's just a 30 minute brisk walk in your neighborhood after dinner. This will keep you energized and stress-free!
- Try to take one day out of the weekend where you don't even think about school, students, lesson plans or grading. Go to the movies with a friend, get away, read a great book, etc. I know it's nearly impossible to leave lesson planning & grading at school, but one day a weekend should be all yours to do what you love. Trust me, it will help you in the long run.
- Find colleagues and mentors at school who will inspire and motivate you! Stay away from complainers and negative personalities. It is contagious and you want no part of it.
- Try to get at least three weeks ahead in your lesson plans. The most stressful thing I can remember about being a teacher was not having anything for students to do. Avoid this by preparing ahead and doing it now before the first day of school. You must stay steps ahead of your students. Create back up lesson plans and activities now!
There is no need to stress out about that first week of school! Teachers get nervous too! How will students react to me? What kind of first impression will I make?
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