Tomorrow is the day! I am officially moving into my own place and taking many of the things from my parents house – it’ll be a long day since I have more furniture than I used to, but we’ll do it and watch Hunger Games afterwards ha! I’ll be ready in the morning 🙂
I am very glad I put together the newsletter and class website! So far, I have had a few parents saying they looked at the site and are enjoying it 🙂 This will be an exciting process to keep up with the parents in a technological way – it is only the first week, and there is a great following already. I grabbed one of the schedule’s for the month to post today, which will be useful for families who don’t check the children’s cubbies all the time. While I am on vacation next week and most of the week after, I am going to ask my coteacher or substitute to take pictures as well as send me updates on what activities they do (so I can keep up with the weekly blog and newsletter while being away).
This will be me on the 31st – it is exciting to meet new students and start the year off right! But, I understand that there is much to do with talking to parents, setting up my newsletter and class website, and reorganizing the classroom. My coteacher and I have already rearranged some parts, and the cubbies are all done which is nice. I can’t wait to get started with the great group of students 🙂
Alongside the excitement of starting a new school year, meeting the kids, their families and new colleagues comes the inevitable feeling of exhaustion.
After spending the last six weeks or so relaxing and looking out for no one apart from myself, the business of school seems so physically and emotionally overwhelming. It’s like going back to the gym after a bad flu, you can’t lift as much weight and still end up hurting the next day.
I’m sure I’m not the only teacher who spends the first Friday night after schools parked firmly on the couch too exhausted to do much more than pick up the television remote.
The wise voice inside my head reminds that it is wise to do less and do it well. Set up the routines and not worry about how far you feel you are behind in assessment and setting up routines – they will…
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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?