You are ready to make a fresh start with a new school year. You've
learned a few tricks of the trade with past experiences, and now
you are ready to face your classroom and students again, but better.
If you are a new teacher, you want to make sure that you start
off on the right foot as well. Take a look at this guide on how
to have a great school year. It's all up to you!
Preparedness is Key
When you walk into your classroom at the beginning of a new year,
you will want to be sure that you are prepared for your students.
Your first few weeks of school set the stage for the rest of the
year. If you are unorganized, your students may become lax in
your class. If you are orderly and organized, your students will
feel a sense of meeting your same standards. When you and your
students are in accord, you will have a great school year.
Win Your Students
In today's day and time, it is more apparent that kids come to
school because they have to. If they had any other choice, they
would just as soon not go at all. This, of course, is a terrible
attitude, and you must somehow convince your students that learning
is worthwhile and they are capable of enjoying the journey. In
order to do this effectively, you have to make lessons interesting.
You don't have bend over backwards to be your students' friend
instead of teacher, but you do have to make some effort to prove
to them that learning is a privilege, and they should take advantage
of it. By doing this, you will have a great school year.
Mix Encouragement with Learning
Students come from all different backgrounds. Some have a healthy
home life, while others are not so fortunate. Teaching has become
more than just teaching. It is now a matter of encouraging and
supporting students who feel depressed and worthless. While you
want your lessons to be solid, you must also build a foundation
of encouraging your students to do their best. There has to be
the right mix between learning with good content and encouraging
students to do well. This extra effort will help you to have a
great school year.
Elicit Support from the Community
Knowing some of the burdens that teaching has on your time, try
eliciting the help of parents and other people in your community
to help you where they can. This may involve having a parent come
in and read to children for a while each week. It may mean asking
a friend to stop in and give your students a talk about what they
do for a living, if it connects to your lesson plan. Having people
resources is a perfect way to make sure you have a great school
year. Volunteers are happy to help, and probably appreciate that
you want them involved. Taking some of the burden off your shoulders
will help you to have a great school year.
Communicate with Parents
Too often parents are not as connected with your child's education
as they should be. Some think that they are not welcome in the
classroom. That is the teacher's domain. Others do not think they
have the time to contribute to their child's education, so it
falls solely on the teacher to teach the kids and prepare them
for the future. Don't let this happen in your classroom. Keeping
parents up-to-date on what is happening in your classroom will
help you build strong relationships with them. This is important
for the students because knowing that parents and teachers are
working together to give them best education possible, makes them
feel unity with you in the classroom. Keep parents in the loop,
and you will have a great school year!