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1. GET YOURSELF READY.
Give yourself enough time to set up
your new home (if you are moving),
report to school, make calls to
insurance companies, register or
service your car before beginning your
new job. Then plan time for enough
sleep. You’re beginning an exciting
journey, but a very demanding one.
2. BUILD RELATIONSHIPS.
Be nice to the school secretary and
the custodian. They know the school,
the students, and the neighborhood,
and they can help you. Get involved in
school activities and school
3. GIVE YOUR CLASSROOM
Decorate your classroom in a manner
that will catch the eyes of your
students and give them something
to think about at the same time.
4. INTRODUCE YOURSELF.
Post a biographical sketch of yourself
outside your classroom and encourage
others to follow suit. You never know
when a student may find he or she has
something in common with a teacher
and is able to strike up a relationship
that could be a positive learning
5. ESTABLISH THE RULES.
If you want discipline to work during
the year, start off by establishing class
rules (no more than five) right at the
beginning. Let the students help
develop and establish the rules. They
will be more likely to follow them.
The rules should be posted in the
6. CHECK SCHOOL POLICY.
If you intend to be teaching subject
matter that borders on controversy, be
sure you are within board policy. Keep
your personal views on religion and
politics to yourself.
7. GET ORGANIZED.
Organize your personal papers.
You never know when you may have
to produce a document related to
8. KEEP RECORDS.
Set aside a place for keeping
receipts of expenditures that could
be deductions on your income tax
– classroom materials, professional
books, and so on.
9. IMPROVE YOURSELF.
Select one area in which you’d like
to improve your professional ability
during the coming year. Then decide
how best to go about it.
10. SET A CLASS GOAL. Working
together toward a goal – such as a
holiday project to help a needy family,
a class trip, or a class party at the end
of the year – can help develop class
spirit. Start your planning early in the
fall to build enthusiasm.
11. BUILD TEAM SPIRIT.
If you teach elementary students, you
might give your class a name, such as
“The Bumblebees from Room Three.”
12. PLAY “THE
One way to get everyone, including
you, to know everyone else in the
room quickly is to play “The Name
Game.” The first person in row one
says, “I’m John.” The second person
says, “That’s John and I’m Mary.” The
third person says, “That’s John and
Mary and I’m Susan.” Continue around
13. DEVELOP RESOURCES.
Develop your own sources of
information and your resource list.
Know where to get help when you
need it. For example: How might
you deal with a lack of instructional
materials offered by the district? One
way is to keep your eyes open for
free and inexpensive materials such
as those published in the education
publications you receive.
14. DO YOUR BEST.
Determine what factors are likely to
keep you from doing your job during
the school year. Then figure out a way
to work around them. For example:
How will you work with too many
students in your class? How will you
deal with the wide range of student
abilities? How will you deal with
15. APPRECIATE THE
Give yourself a lift by focusing on the
positive – the student who tells you
that he or she learned something that
first week of school or the child who
speaks to you in the parking lot and
uses your correct name.