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Newly qualified? 5 tips for a successful first day

Your first day in your new class is an opportunity to create a positive and lasting impact on students’ lives. By being prepared, establishing clear expectations, engaging in meaningful activities, and fostering a welcoming atmosphere, you can set the stage for a successful and enjoyable year.

Our guest teacher author, Roisin, has shared some tips for making that all important first day go well.

Setting up your new classroom when beginning teaching or returning after a break, can be daunting. Thoughts of ‘What do I need to have to have available?’ ‘How will I know what to do when I don’t even know my class yet,’ all come to mind.

One of the best ways to start off in September (or August!) is to just keep it simple.

You don’t need an instagram pretty classroom. The children will quickly create new work that might replace fancy displays anyway. Treat the spaces as a blank canvas that you, and they, will make your own. Rome wasn’t built in a day – the same will go for your classroom.

Here is a quick list of 5 things you might like to consider as you set up your room before meeting your wonderful new class.

1. Organise your own space

Teacher at a desk

Decide on where your desk will be, if you plan on having one!

Give yourself an area for your own bits and pieces like your planner, teacher manuals, correction materials , etc.

You may want to consider adding some labelled document and tidy trays so that the children know where to put things that you may want to collect at the end of lessons for marking later.

Click Next page for ideas about seating.

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