Five things to do during the first week of school

Whether you’re a first year teacher or a seasoned educator, the first week of school can be a time of anticipation, new beginnings and anxiety. 

Here are five things you can do during your first week of school to ensure a smooth and successful start.

Establish classroom rules and routines during the FIRST WEEK of school 

Structure is the backbone of a successful classroom. During the first week, make it a priority to establish clear and fair classroom rules and routines. Discuss expectations for behaviour, participation, and homework. By setting these ground rules early on, you create a sense of order that allows students to focus on learning without unnecessary distractions. Ensure that your rules are reasonable and age-appropriate, and be sure to explain the rationale behind them, so students understand their importance.

Get to know them sheets

Get to know them sheets are a great way to get to learn about your students’ hobbies, favourite subjects, and even their aspirations. 

The insights gained from these sheets will help you tailor your teaching approach, making learning a more engaging and fulfilling experience for everyone involved.

Help them to get to know each other

It’s not just about you getting to know your students; it’s also about creating a supportive and inclusive classroom environment. Icebreaker activities and group exercises during the first week can work wonders in fostering friendships and building a sense of belonging. Encourage students to share their “Get to Know Them” sheet responses with their peers, sparking conversations and connections. When students feel comfortable with one another, they’re more likely to collaborate, share ideas, and support each other throughout the school year.

Have fun at school!

While it’s crucial to cover necessary administrative tasks and set expectations, the first week of school should also be a time for enjoyment and enthusiasm! Incorporate games, hands-on activities, and creative projects to make learning a delightful experience from the very beginning. 

Be approachable from the start

Last but certainly not least, invest time in building genuine relationships with your students. Show empathy, patience, and a willingness to listen. Be approachable and accessible. 

When students feel valued and understood, they are more likely to open up, seek help when needed, and engage in the learning process with enthusiasm. Remember, education is not just about imparting knowledge; it’s also about nurturing young minds and hearts.

Here’s to a fantastic start and a year filled with growth and achievement for both you and your students!