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Ways to Welcome New Teachers


I put a coffee cup or small basket filled with goodies such as tea bags, coffee, candy bars, cookies and a note in each new teacher's mailbox. In the note, I welcome them and tell them where I can be located for help. If they don't show up, I seek them out and fill them in on important places, procedures and events that go on in our school. For the very shy new teachers, I get a composition book and correspond with them leaving the book in their mailboxes. One year, I put a small vase of flowers on each new teacher's desk. I helped one of our new teachers set up her classroom and she told me ten years later that act of kindness was the most important thing I ever did for her! I make a positive, non-threatening contact in some way to let new teachers know that I care and want to help.

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