My number one goal on the first day of school is that my students love being in my class.
The reason is that, it makes anything and everything to do with effective teaching and classroom management easier.
You see, when you take a captive audience of students, nervous and keen on turning over a new leaf, and make them both relieved and excited to be in your class, then you have powerful, game-changing leverage from the get-go.
You kick-start their intrinsic motivation to listen and learn.
You trigger the Law of Reciprocity, which causes them to want to repay you for creating a classroom they’re happy to be part of.
More importantly, it’s the single most effective thing you can do to make your rules and consequences matter to them.
Furthermore, every student in your class will share with their parents how excited they are to have you as their teacher, which instantly puts families on your side, in your corner, and supporting you.
So how do you do it? How do you create a first-day experience that causes your students to love being in your class?
The truth is, it isn’t so difficult. In fact, it’s quite simple:
- Be nice.
- Be honest.
- Be open.
- Be clear.
- Be authentic.
- Embrace the joy of teaching—the passion, the excitement, the stunningly satisfying relationships with students.
- Lay out every expectation and responsibility that entails being part of your class in a transparent, highly detailed way.
- Emphasize that your classroom management plan is for them, not you, and it’s sole purpose is to protect their right to learn and enjoy school without being bothered, bullied, or interrupted.
- Teach at least one routine—like entering the classroom or lining up for lunch—with the same energy and commitment you would the xy-graph, the scientific method, or the very fundamentals of grammar.
- Make your first lessons of the school year dynamic and participatory. Use humor, clarity, and purpose and then shift responsibility for proving they understand over to them.
- Show them that learning in your classroom will always be center stage. Children as young as five recognize great teaching when they see it, and they’re changed by it. Their appreciation of you and of how fortunate they are to be in your class will not go unnoticed or unreturned.
Hiking boldly toward the most rewarding and memorable school year your students will ever have.
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