Knowing how to prepare for the first day of school is essential to know whether you are a first-year teacher or a veteran. The foundation of fabulous teaching is built on solid preparation and planning, and this is never truer when it comes to the first day of school!
The more things you do before your students enter the classroom on the first day of school will make the day flow better. Just like how you feel more confident during a job interview if you have practiced beforehand, preparing lessons, classroom management, and other materials ahead of time will make you feel much more relaxed and at ease on the first day of school.
The best way to adequately prepare for the first day of school is to spend the few weeks leading up to planning and preparing. Completing activities such as designing bulletin boards, organizing the classroom library and art supplies will help immensely. Developing the first lessons, handouts, discipline plan, classroom management plan, seating chart, and mini-lessons will help the first few school weeks go by much smoother.
Go into your classroom ahead of time and set it up for the first day of school. Design and layout the student desks the way you want them, as well as the activities area. Plan a seating plan for your students ahead of time.
A seating plan will help you immensely with learning your students’ names quickly.
Stock up on the necessary materials such as pencils, pens, and paper and place them in your classroom. It’s never a bad idea to purchase more than enough of everything that you will need.
If you are starting to work at a new school this year, take the time to familiarize yourself with the building, the school website, and its policies and procedures. Not only do you need to familiarize yourself with the layout of the school building itself, but it’s important to know where the audio-visual equipment and supplies are held and what the check-out procedure is.
Going into school ahead of time will allow you the opportunity to meet some other staff members and become friends with other teachers.
Lastly, when it comes to your lesson plans, always over-deliver by being completely prepared for anything. You can never be entirely sure how long your lessons will take, and even if you rehearse your lessons ahead of time, unforeseen things can happen that can mix up your lessons’ pacing.
By over-planning your day, you will ensure there is never any time to scramble to find students something to do.
How do you prepare for the first day of school? Leave any tips you have in the comments.