Teaching Secrets: 10 To-Dos for New Teachers

Starting along the career path as a new teacher, one can avoid pitfalls by following the advice of veterans who have your best interests at heart.  Marsha Ratzel, in this article,Teaching Secrets: 10 To-Dos for New Teachers,”  writes, “College commencements are in the air, and while the thoughts of some new teacher graduates are no doubt turning to the beach or summer jobs, other freshly minted educators are already envisioning their first classrooms full of students, each with his or her own special learning needs.”  Get off to a good start by reading more to discover the secrets she describes.

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    1. As a veteran educator, it’s a privilege to be able to share insights with those interested in the profession. Glad you’re finding the postings useful.

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  2. This was a great read! I have been teaching 1st grade for 3 years and now this year I am moving to 6th grade ELAR. I’m very excited about all the possibilities. This post really helped me focus those anxieties into tangible steps. I loved how it said do not go over rules and procedures the first day, do something that builds a bridge between you , your students, and the class. Do you agree with that point? Do you have any ideas on activities I could implement?

    1. Oh, I am so pleased that you found this useful! Thanks for sending the note and wish you well as you begin this new assignment. Of course, I recommend my book, and I also will send you notes for first day to the e-mail here.

    2. Hello Jessica,

      Here are a couple of the activities I do on the first day is something that help me get to know the names of my students right away. It also makes me vulnerable…I don’t always do either very well – draw or remember names!

      Provide card stock paper and markers for students to create name tag tents to set up on their desks.
      Ask them to print their names on both sides so you can see them from wherever you stand in the room.
      Inside the “tent” ask them to write three words that describe them and begin with the letter of their first name. (If your students are not confident English speakers, have them draw a picture to help you know them better.)
      Depending on how well they know one another, you can ask each one either to stand at their desk/seat or go to front of class and introduce themselves in 30-45 seconds using one or more of the adjectives on their name tag. (Be flexible with time but make certain all get to speak before the end of the period.)
      You also should introduce yourself.

      Or, collect their name tags and distribute them to the students as they arrive the next day and ask students to set them out on the desk/table where you all can see them. Sometimes I do this for the first week meeting them at the door, trying to recognize each one when s/he arrives for class.

      Then, Have students arrange chairs/desks in a circle.

      Ask the student on your right to introduce him/herself and use a one of the adjectives in a sentence, “Hello, my name is Marino and I’m mischievous.” The next person to the right, introduces him/herself and adds the name(s) of the students who precede him/her. “Hello, my name is Patricia and I’m pretty. This is Mischievous Marino, Joking Jennifer, and Likable Linette.”

      Encourage the students to assist one another with appropriate adjectives and recalling names. At the end, you try to name all of the students in the class. Unless you have a small class, are not nervous and a fabulous memory, you probably will miss a few names. Smile, and let the students help. By the end of the period, you all know one another a little better and you’ve had a little fun.

      If time remains, you can go over some of the goals for the year mentioning personal reasons why it will be important for them to come prepared to learn every day!

      Do you have long or short periods on the first day? If long, doing something artsy/crafty helps them relax. Have calm music playing in the background as they draw something. The drawing could be in response to a cartoon you show them that reflects your goals for the school year. Or a poem or very short story you read aloud to them.

      Please stay in touch either with me or with your local or state affiliate of NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English). If you decide to join, you can do so for 50% if you become a member of my Ambassador’s Circle. Use this link tinyurl.com/aroseboro.


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