I think this website was very helpful for me as a first-year teacher! It broke down a lot of the stress that many of my friends are focusing on (the decor of the room). These four things that stood out to me as what I would like to make sure is set in stone before I start – “have communication plan, classroom management readiness, masterful morning procedures, and supply management.” Creating a good environment for communicating with parents is crucial to have a successful teaching career. I am already thinking of great ways to incorporate fun activities in the mornings, and manage behavior! I haven’t thought too much about supplies yet, because I am not sure what is already in the classroom and what/if extra things are needed.
I really think the part about the questions you should be prepared to answer from parents is extremely useful! They are listed below.
- How can parents stay up-to-date on what is going on in the classroom? Will you have a newsletter, a blog, a website or wiki, a homework book, a student planner, a behavior log?
- If you are going to have a newsletter, how often will you send it home, and where can parents expect to find it?
- Will you send home graded papers on a daily basis, or in a Friday or Monday folder?
- What is the best way for parents to contact you if they have a question or concern?
- How can parents expect to hear from you about a child’s behavior, good or bad? Will you call them directly, send them an email, or send a note home in their backpack?