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First Day Organization and Confidence

August 14, 2008

Found In: back to school, paperwork, seating assignments

I teach high school English on the block schedule. This first day plan does take a lot of preparation on my part, but the result is worth it.

When my students walk in on the first day, their names are already taped down on the desks. I’ve checked with their previous English teachers to see what names they go by, especially since sometimes I’m only given an initial class roster. Then, once the bell rings, I tell them to retrieve the packets of papers beneath their desks, sectioned off by block. Inside the first-day packet is everything from the student information form to the first week’s vocabulary list to the syllabus and the homework for that night. Honors classes get the weekly agenda, too.

Students know I’m on top of things. I don’t have to spend/waste time putting kids in their right seats or passing out materials. Plus, after ten years of teaching, I still get nervous. I appear completely calm and in control, which sets the tone for the semester.



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