Tips on Your First Day at School – Week 1

Your first day at a new school can be daunting, for both new teachers and new students, but there are a few important things to remember on your first day which will help you to make a good first impression with your students, and may also help you out in the long run too!

Be Flexible

flexibleWe all know teaching can be very unpredictable, but it is still important to plan well for your first set of lessons. Remember that much like any other social group, children base a lot on their first impressions of someone. If you make a memorable, engaging first lesson, your students will react to you more willingly and will learn more in the process.

However it is also important to remember that first lessons may not always turn out exactly as planned. It is important to be able to adapt to these situations and turn them out to your advantage.

Let Them Know About You

cake-sliceIf you introduce yourself using only your name, your children will find it harder to connect with you as a person. Try creating a fun game where you say a few things about yourself, perhaps foods you enjoyed as a child or a funny memory, and then invite the children to in turn, say a little bit about themselves.

Try not to spend too long about this, as you can easily get distracted, ten minutes at the start of the lesson is perfect. It starts building an important bond with your children; one of an interesting mentor as opposed to an adult who will talk at them and not to them, for hours on end.

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