Let your new students see who you are. They should see that you are serious about your job, that you love what you do, and that you care about them as individual human being. Be prepared with a short skill lesson that allows them to see how much you love your subject matter. They need to see that you are all about the learning of skills, that you have no tolerance for rude or disruptive behaviors.
At the same time, show them that you want them to have fun in the learning process. If you can begin your year in this way, they will stick with you when the skills become difficult. They will know that you will be there to support them as they struggle through and will guide them without carrying them as they build their skills.
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Get to know the students -
*You can use questionnaire format then make graphs to indicate likes/differences. Include learning styles, interests outside school, and academic passions. Let them know you and write interview questions they may want answered on upcoming surveys.
*Inform them of the basic rules, guidelines - let them tell you WHY the rules may be in place. (surprisingly, some never thought of the 'why'!)
*Share a favorite story that you liked at their age.
*If you were teaching in the same grade level before, let them read letters written from last year's students to the incoming class. Those letters may refer to favorite projects done, rules to pay attention to ...
... just a few warm-ups. Most of all - get ready to learn from them - they have a lot to teach us adults. :)
This book has been mentioned time and time again because it is just hat good. Read Harry K Wong's "First days of school"
Also refer to this link:
What grade levels are you working with - I think that can change up the first day quite a bit!
I'll start on welcoming new students and wish them well in academic subjects that benefit from the information I give them
I know a lot of math teachers that have their students do "math autobiographies". Students let the teachers know their strengths and weaknesses in math, what class they are coming from, what experience they have with current class subject, the type of learner they are, etc.
It really depends on what grade you are teaching. But definetly, tell your students about you and what you expect from them in your class. Let them help set the rules for their classroom. You will help to guide them to make the rules you want, but this way they have ownership of the rules and will be more likely to follow them. Let them know what the consequences will be if the rules are not followed. Be consistent.
Have a get to know you activity. Not all of the students may know each other and you may not know all of them. Teacherspayteachers have a lot of great ideas for this and you can get several for free. You can then turn this into a short math activity if you have time and want to.
You could also use it to assess where some of your students are at the beginning of the year if done correctly. :)
Most of all. Let them know you love math and are excited about it, but not in a creepy way. :)
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