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First Days With Students – Planting Seeds

The first days of school is a big day for the students…it’s also a vital day for you as their teacher. The impression you leave on your students on that first day sets the tone for the year.

At my school, the first days are HUGE for my little 6th graders. Our school houses grade 6th through 8th so my kiddos are the babies.

They have to adjust to having six different teachers, using lockers, transitioning between classes, and facing the very scary upperclassmen.

In addition, we have new 6th graders coming to us from THREE different feeder schools!

New school. New teachers. New peers.

My students are usually terrified.

Grab Your Seeds

With all this in mind, you can see why it is SO extremely important for me to have things prepped, organized, and ready-to-go come those first days. Students feel more at ease in a new setting where things are structured, comfortable, and secure. It calms their nerves and allows them to enjoy this very exciting milestone in their lives!

In doing so, you will also set out on the path to achieving another valuable facet in your classroom – growing a strong, respectful classroom community. Ultimately, the first days with your students are about planting seeds.

Seeds of security, structure, respect, confidence…plant and nurture those seeds on the first day and your classroom garden will be blooming in no time!

What kind of seeds to do hope to plant those first days? What can you do to nurture your new students’ growth from the very beginning?

Where to begin?

How do I start one of these things?

Sitting here in front of my laptop, eager to embark upon this new journey, I find that I am a bit stumped as to where to begin things. Before I decided to finally take this blog leap in July, ideas and inspiration had flashed before my eyes and through my mind for months. However, now, I do not know how to begin to do the most basic part of a blog (the writing).

I think of my students. Crying and pleading for help as they try to begin writing journals, essays, and narratives in class.

They feel lost and blank…I know this because it is how I feel now.

I have a new appreciation for their pain.

Poor kiddos.

But that feeling is why I am also starting this blog. How many times have you sat in your classroom feeling lost and blank? Was it because your students did get the day’s lesson? Was it because you weren’t sure how to assess student data? Or maybe you just sat there saying to yourself, “Where do I go from here?”

I have been there. And I’m sure I will be there again one day.

But these same questions and lost feelings are what make this online community of teachers so wonderful! So many times I have felt stuck and just hopped onto Pinterest, found an amazing blog, and found my answers. I have also found encouragement, support, and a growing network of new teacher friends.

I am ready to start contributing to this incredible teacher community and hopefully help other teachers like so many have helped me.

SO. Look for my upcoming series about How To Make a STELLAR First Impression on Your Students! It will be out just in time for the start of the new school year.

By the way, when do you begin school ? Our doors open to students August 10th.

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