Welcome Back to School!
I know that many of you, if you haven’t already, are heading back to the classroom this week. I hope everyone had a restful and relaxing summer and you are recharged and ready for a new school year.
I also know that there are many new teachers out there who are anxiously anticipating their first day of school. It still makes me queasy to think about the days just prior to my first day in the classroom. I had no idea how to set up bulletin boards, my plan book scared me, and I was convinced that my kids knew how nervous I was and would mutiny at any minute. Alas, I survived (and to all the new teachers, so will you!).
I think the day was eased by some advice that I received from a veteran teacher down the hall who obviously noticed how nervous I was. She said, “Breathe. Smile. Keep moving. And, most importantly, learn all of the student’s names by lunch on the first day. It will make them feel special and help you feel like you are in control”. She was right – and I followed that advice with every new class I had.
Veteran teachers – let’s hear from you….
What is the one piece of advice you think every new teacher should have on their first day of teaching?