Tips for New Teachers: First Day of School

The start of a new year at school brings new challenges, problems, and opportunities. It’s a time to reflect on the previous year and see what worked and what didn’t. You also consider the accomplishments and goals you have to set for the coming year. For that to happen, you should be able to nail the first day, whether it’s a Montessori preschool or elementary classes.

The first day of school is when we begin to form bonds with our children and encourage them to take the first steps towards learning. These things take time, and it could be weeks before you’ve learned everyone’s names and developed a solid connection—but a wonderful first day of school sets the tone for the rest of the year.

Introduce Yourself

Your students are just as interested in you as you are in them, and they’re just as likely to be nervous. They’ll be nervous but also excited to meet a new person, and they’ll have questions about you, such as who you are? What do you enjoy doing? Do you have a good sense of humor as a teacher?

In a nutshell, children want to know all there is to know about you, and satisfying their curiosity is a terrific approach to develop anticipation. Here are some examples of how you can introduce yourself to your new classroom:

  • Show them a video that introduces you.
  • Make some pamphlets or flyers with some interesting information about yourself.
  • Play a game of 20 questions and let them ask various questions.

Once you’ve introduced yourself, it opens up a platform for you to ask questions about them. Kids become more comfortable after these activities. You can also play some fun icebreaker games to make them more relaxed.  

Meet and Greet

You must be prepared to assist and meet the children as they walk down the corridor. Your coworkers can wait a while, and you can catch up with them later. You need to make the nervous nellies feel better, and the best way to accomplish so is with a friendly grin and a warm hello.

Also, be prepared to meet and welcome parents on the first day and for the first few weeks of Montessori preschool, as your relationship with your students’ parents is critical. You can make a firm statement about how you’ll communicate with the children’s parents. Pose questions to parents that will make them feel included.

Establish Class Rules

Consistency is an integral part of establishing a healthy and productive classroom atmosphere. Creating rules early, either verbally telling students or pinning a list against a board, will help create classroom decorum. You don’t want to come across as overbearing and strict, so you can explicitly introduce the rules while keeping it short and sweet. Children will feel more independent and involved if they get the chance to add rules to the classroom rules list.

Centerra Ranch Montessori School is an infant care and Montessori school with experienced teachers guiding the path for the new generation. We are a family-oriented preschool that offers various programs that fit best according to you and your little one’s timing. Get in touch with us and learn about one of the best preschools in Katy, TX.  

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