Make a good impression.
Whatever else you do, give the class the impression from the
beginning that you are well organized.
Your students must get the feeling right off that you are
prepared and know what you are doing.
Brief your students.
At the high school level
particularly, let your students know early exactly what you
expect of them in your course. Most students will rise to the
Build an attitude.
You have the opportunity from the first day to help
your students determine whether school is drudgery or a serious, yet fun and interesting undertaking. If you give the
impression, for even one moment, that being in class is a
chore for you, that attitude will be reflected by your students.
Start off slowly.
Go over your material slowly during the first grading period
so that students can find some success while the material is not
Set a positive tone.
Send a positive note home with every student
sometime during the year. Catch the students being good!
If you want discipline to work during the year, start off by establishing class rules right at the beginning. (They should number no more than five.) Let the students have a role in establishing them. If the students feel a part of them, they will have more of a tendency to follow the
rules. The rules should be written and posted in the classroom.
Prepare for special students.
You may have students with special learning problems or physical handicaps. Make sure that you receive student information before the first day. Do not expect these problems to work themselves out. Plan from the beginning how you will deal with them in the best interests of the student, yourself, and the rest of the class.
During the year, you may have expenditures that could be deductions on your income tax report. Now is the time to make a place for keeping tax records and to start keeping track of them.
Think about health.
Make an early determination about how you will handle students with special health problems. Do you know what to do if you have a student subject to epileptic seizures? What about administering medicine to students? No medicines may be administered to students without training and directions by the school nurse.
Get parents involved.
Determine how you will involve parents in your students’ education during the coming year. Is there any special way to approach parent-teacher conferences? Are there any special messages you want to send home to parents? How will you deal with parents who want to help their students learn?
Communicate with parents.
If you teach primary grades, send a note home early informing parents that you need time to get to know pupils before you can comment on them. Let them know that you are available and list the process and times for getting in touch with you. For parents of older students, you
might want to introduce yourself and include your policy on homework.
Keep the principal informed. If you plan to do anything new or unusual this year, make certain you mention it to your building administrator in advance.
Set your sights on improving your professional ability in at least one area during the coming year. Then decide how best to go about it.
And finally . . .
Keep these three qualities of good teaching in mind: flexibility, patience, and a sense of humor.
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