Just for Teachers
Just for Teachers
Tips for Starting the Year off Right!
(Courtesy of the Vermont-National Education Association)
- Get organized. Organize your personal papers and classroom materials.
- Establish the rules. With your students, set and post about five classroom rules.
- Introduce yourself. Share an autobiographical sketch with your students.
- Make a good impression. Let your students know that you are prepared.
- Be clear. Tell your students exactly what you expect of them.
- Learn their names. Learn your students' names as soon as you can.
- Foster curiosity. Create an atmosphere that encourages and rewards curiosity.
- Start slowly. Cover material slowly so everyone experiences success.
- Find a shoulder. If you don't have a colleague who's a "buddy," find one.
- Get parents involved. Identify ways you can include students' parents.
- Call every parent early in the year to introduce yourself and to establish a line of communication.
- Set class goals. Work toward goals you and your students set together.
- Sound positive! Find opportunities to send positive notes home with each student.
- Build spirit. Find something unique about your class -- something you and your students can be proud about -- and encourage it.
- Get some class. Decorate your room to catch and keep students' attention.
- Keep good records. Get advice from your colleagues to help find a system that works for keeping lists and communications.
- Be prepared for special kids. Consult with your colleagues, district administrators, special educators, and specialists to learn about special needs students and plan how you will meet their needs.
- Build relationships. Get involved in professional and school activities and get to know your colleagues.
- Work out a sound system of supervision and consultation with para-educators who may be working regularly in your classroom.
- Be proud. Take pride in your accomplishments and those of your students.
- Be fair. Respect your students, and manage your classroom in an even-handed manner.
- Speak up. Don't hesitate to tell school critics that you and your colleagues are doing a good job.
- Relax! Remember that you are only one person, and you are doing the best you can.
- And finally, keep a sense of humor!