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What Should I do?

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Today: Nice and Hot Color: Orange Season: Summer Song that I am singing: Im feeling HOT HOT HOT!!!- dont know the artist?...sorry My Question: ~~~~ On the first day of school in my first class, what are the do's and dont's? Should I come with cookies and candy? Or should I just watch them and to see there motivates? I do want to have fun but I do not want to fear the children or have them to fear me? ~~~~

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Dave's picture
Dave
Special Education Resource Teacher (9-12)

You should read Harry and Rosemary Wong's "The First Days of School".

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Lisa Dabbs
Educational Consultant. Author. Speaker. Blogger.

Hi Doris!
Great question. I agree with Dave that the Wong's will be great mentors for you. Need to read it before you start planning. Will give you a marvelous template as to how to prepare and be ready for those first First Days.
I don't advocate for cookies or goodies. Your warm smile and a handshake is all they will need from you on that day to make them feel welcome.
Might want to chart with them what THEY are hoping to learn from you/each other this year. Keep it up all year. See how you are doing as the year progresses.
Establish your class rules/guidelines in that first day...don't postpone that.
OK...I think you've got enough stuff now to contemplate...don't want to overwhelm.

Keep us posted on your progress.
Best~Lisa
Make sure you have at least 2 weeks of activities planned to start.

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Mrs. W
5-8 Language Arts and History Teacher

My first year of regular classroom teaching will be this fall. I have subbed and been a paraprofessional for years, so gained experience that way. I read Wong's book, and it's a great help. Right now I'm working on my classroom rules, preparing my classroom, gathering materials, and going over the curriculum. I plan on going into my classroom of middle school students with a smile and eagar for the school year to begin, because I think when you start off the year unsure the students can tell.

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