It's not what is poured into a student, but what is planted.
- Set the pace on the first day, be ready and waiting for them at the door.
- Give them and activity to familiarise themselves with the classroom, and set basic ground rules, such as no running.
- Set the tone: students have rights and responsibilities, let them know what they are.
- Make time for sharing, this helps kids feel special and build a community.
- Establish routines. This will require a lot of teacher attention at first, but allow for a smoother year.
- Plan transitions between activities to keep students attention.
- Establish classroom habits and expectations, e.g. how to work at your desk, how to work in a group and how to participate in circle time.
- Establish teams/partners. Sit down with prior teachers if you can to put together good teams that can work together for an extended time. Students can help their teammates.
- Teach difficult skills in small groups first.
- Recruit parent and community volunteers to partner with your small groups.
Coming up on Thursday: Tips for including the child with special needs