Today I am here to share with you what I will be doing on the first day of school looks like and some ideas to help you with yours. This year will be my 22nd first day! I try and jot down some notes after each beginning just so I can try and prepare and remember certain things for the following year. Looking back I came up with 4 tips that can help make the day run smoothly for any teacher!
At my school students have 30 minutes to arrive in my classroom. Some will be there first thing, while others come in at different times. I didn't want my students ( and parents) just hanging out with nothing to do. Last year I made this flipbook. I had it on my students' desks so, once they arrived they could work on it while other students arrive. Click here to get it
This is probably the MOST important one! I have each parent fill out this form on either meet the teacher night or at drop off on the first day.
Then after I make sure I have a sheet for each student. I write the names down on these sheets I have hanging right by my door.
Dismissal time at the end of the day can be super stressful but, with these sheets at least you can make sure you KNOW how your students are getting home that day. If you would like the sheets you can click on the pictures above to download them.
Now I know that is a LOT to cover in one day. I have found that I need to be SUPER flexible that first week! So I tend to over plan and if I do not get to an activity one day I could always work on it the following day.
I would love to hear about anything else you do on that first day or first week of school too! Leave me a comment below and share with my what works in your classroom.
I hope some of these ideas will be useful to you on your first day. Wishing you all a very successful school year!
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