Seven Things Students Want to Know the First Day of School!
Posted August 21, 2009on:
Harry Wong’s says there are seven things students want to know on the first day that we as teachers must be able to answer. First impressions are important—so start with a good one!
Am I in the right room?
• Have your name and the subject you teach on the door
• Be at the door to smile and greet students as they enter the room
• Start talk with—”Hi, I ‘m Ms Jones and this is Art Class.”
Where Am I supposed to sit?
• Have assigned seats the first day. Assign seats by giving students a number as they enter the room that matches a desk number.
• Assigned seating saves time and trouble and includes everyone.
What are the RULES of the classroom?
• Let them know early what your expectations are.
• Speak with colleagues if you are having trouble determining a set of rules.
• Five positively stated rules that can be viewed from all parts of the room.
What will I be doing this year?
• Give them the big picture of the class.
• Tell them about content and the processes.
• Let them see your enthusiasm for the subject and teaching.
How will I be graded?
• Let them know how they will be successful
• Let them see that you are fair and consistent
• Show them everyone has the opportunity to succeed
Who is this teacher as a person?
• Tell them about your goals for them
• Without giving your personal details, introduce yourself to them
• Students will get a picture of you by how you act, by what you say, and how you look. It will be a lasting impression.
• Even if you are only three years older than they are, let them see you are the ADULT in charge.
Will the teacher treat me like a human being?
• Let them see from the beginning that you are a person of integrity.
• Show them and assure them it will be safe to learn in your room
• Let them know you have high expectations for everyone
First Day Goals:
Remember you cannot do everything the first day—some things will wait a couple days.Three important things should happen.
- Get to know your students
- Let students know you and your expectations
- Organize and manage first day issues
Teacher: The child’s third parent. Hyman Maxwell Berston
- The First Days of School, Harry T. Wong and Elizabeth Wong