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How is it for the teacher on the first day of school

By Charles Hopkins Published 06/2/2006 | Education

The first day at school is as important for the teacher as it is for the children. Even an experienced teacheris not sure as to how the day will work out. There are anxious children and even more anxious parents, all trying to catch her eye and attention. That is why it is very important for you  to be in control of the situation.

Your attitude and behavior can defuse the first day tension to a great extent. First, you must introduce yourself. If you are an experienced teacher you must tell the children the number of years you have worked.The children will feel confident about your abilities as a teacher. Tell them that you look forward to working with them during the year. Share a few experiences. Lighten the atmosphere by sharing a few anecdotes with the class.

Do not start with the curriculum immediately. Spend the first few hours
getting to know your students. Ask them to introduce themselves one by
one. There may be students who are new. Make them feel comfortable by
asking about their previous school, likes and dislikes. Do not scold a
child on the first day. It can upset the children and make the upcoming
term difficult. The first impression is very important as it stays
throughout the term. Once all the students are well acquainted with
each other they will do well socially and academically.

Liven up the introductory session by allowing them to introduce each
other as participants in a game. You can use games like Scavenger
Hunt or Naming Game to break the ice. They are a lot of fun and assure complete participation.

The aim of the Name Game is to remember your classmates name and the
nickname given to him. The nicknames should not be derogatory in nature.
Chances are that these nicknames will stay for life. Scavenger Hunt is
played to discover each others interests and hobbies.

The next step is to make the students feel that you care. You can
follow some ice breaking activities to make them feel secure and
comfortable under your supervision. Partner introduction is another
activity that works well. In this students are divided in pairs and
each has to introduce his partner to the class. Its a great way to
help students make friends immediately. They get to know their partners
, and can team up for the ret of the term.

This can be followed by a group discussion. Groups of four to five
can be formed, with each student sharing his summer holiday experiences.
Keep the activities light and fun. You can even ask the students to speak
about their families.

The most important thing is that you must encourage everyone to share
their opinions and viewpoints. Make sure that no one is left out, and
each one gets a fair chance. You can also chip in by narrating a few
incidents of your life. This will make the students feel that you are
one of them. The strong bonding that will result will last through the
term.