What effective teachers do in the first day of classes?
Communicating classroom expectations. How do you expect your students to behave? What do you expect your students to accomplish by the end of the year? Procedures What are the procedures for when you miss school? What is the procedure for returning graded work? Rules What are the classroom rules? Do students know the classroom rules? Classroom Layout How are you going to organize your classroom in a way that it is accessible to all students? Classroom Climate What is the climate in your classroom. How full is your bucket?
Most of the teachers who have classroom behavior problems, lack classroom management skills. Implement these skills from day 1 and do not change them. Be fair to all students, regardless of their past history. Remember, teachers are not allowed to have a “bad day.” We have to give 100% every day. Do you have a behavior plan? Think about that before the beginning of the year.
A teacher should build a trusting relationship with students. An effective teacher gives every student the same consequence regardless of their past history. An effective teacher gives a student a consequence for admitting breaking a rule. An effective teacher believes that a good classroom manager is not a friend to the students. An effective teacher allows students to decide the best way to behave in the classroom. An effective teacher models to students how they are supposed to behave in the classroom.
Let’s watch the video about the first day of class. Answer the following questions: What effective teachers are supposed to do in the first day of class? Review notes together.
Introduce yourself Where did you graduate? Maybe share a team you follow Share a hobby Introduce the class you are going to teach In general terms, what are students going to learn In general terms, share an interesting project/book you are going to read/accomplish. Introduce the classroom rules (max. 5) Introduce the classroom consequences (max. 5) Emergency Clause (weapons, drugs, etc.) How are you going to respond to such situation ( school police officer). Finish the letter in a positive manner. Add your contact information Proofread your work!