Tip # 1

You never get a second chance to make a first impression!

Setting the Tone

We all know how important first impressions are. The tone that you set on the very first day of school will help to set the stage for the rest of the school year. It is important that you let the students know who you are, that you give them the opportunity to begin to let you know who they are as individuals, and that you immediately set them up for success.

Suggestions From Your Colleagues

Be organized and well prepared. Plan every minute of your first day beforehand. (Structure is the key!)Have some type of clearly marked seating chart to avoid confusion as to where students should sit.Have some type of interesting assignment waiting for them so that they can get busy immediately upon entering the classroom-perhaps an interest inventory or a multiple intelligence survey.Remain calm, pleasant, and positive.Share your expectations of them and what they can expect of you.Share your enthusiasm for teaching and your excitement about having each of them in your class.Express your belief that all of them will be successful.