Did you know there are over 3 million teachers in American public schools? If you’ve recently become one, then congratulations! You’re doing our nation a great service by educating our young ones.
Your first day of teaching might be coming up soon, and you’re feeling nervous about prepping.
Here are 5 tips that’ll help you out for your first time teaching!
1. Get Inspiration for Prepping
You want your students to love learning, so prep your classroom in a fun way! Get online and search sites like Pinterest to see how other teachers decorate their classrooms.
What’s great is a lot of ideas are exciting yet cheap to make. For instance, you can easily make bulletin boards and decoration boards with just some construction paper, glitter, and markers!
2. Get to Know Your Teaching Equipment
There’s nothing worse than arriving at school and trying to learn teaching equipment on the fly. You might run into a bunch of issues and your students can get impatient waiting for you to figure things out.
Do yourself a favor and ask school admin ahead of time about what equipment and technology you’ll be using. For example, if your classroom uses a Glassboard, read about what markers you can use on it and how to clean and maintain it.
3. Have Some Ice-Breaking Activities Ready
The first day of school can be nerve-wracking for everyone, both students and teachers. So if you have some ice-breaking activities ready, this can help you get past the initial awkward period and jump into getting to know one another. Set an example by starting off first.
A good ice-breaking activity is to practice the alphabet! Say your name, and what A-lettered item you’d bring to a picnic. The next person has to then say their name and what B-lettered item they’d bring, and so on and so forth.
4. Make Rules Clear From the Start
Students of all ages do well with structure, so long as you make things clear from the start. Let your students know what a regular day in the classroom looks like so they’re familiar with the routine on the first day of school.
You’ll also want to go over classroom rules and have them posted up somewhere they can read them easily. It might also be a good idea to develop some rules with your students so they feel involved in the process and like their opinions matter.
5. Reward Your Students for Good Behavior
Positive reinforcement is always better than negative. If you notice any kids performing well, make sure you acknowledge and reward them for it!
On the other hand, if there are misbehaving students, don’t be so quick to punish them. Have a chat with them about what they’re doing wrong and why it’s bad. And when they change their behavior, reward them for it!
Good Luck on Your First Day of Teaching
Your first day of teaching might be nerve-wracking, but just think of how many happy little faces are waiting to meet you. And by following our tips, your first day as a teacher will be smooth and pleasant!
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