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What You Should ACTUALLY Be Teaching The First Week of School

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Ready to start preparing for back to school season and you're wondering what you should teach during the first week of school? In this video I share everything I do in order to prepare for the first week of school as a teacher, plus different strategies I use to have the first week of school planned and prepped, and how I utilize the first week of school to review old concepts and introduce my classroom management plan.

Congratulations on landing your first or next teaching position! As you prepare for the new school year, you may be wondering, “What should I actually be teaching during the first week of school?” It’s a question many new teachers grapple with, and I can relate. As a former kindergarten teacher and current first-year teacher coach, I’ve learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t during those crucial first days of school. Let’s explore what you should focus on during this pivotal time.

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Procedures and Expectations:

The first thing you should teach during the first week of school is procedures and expectations. Procedures outline how you expect students to interact with each other and the classroom environment, while expectations define behavior. It’s essential to establish clear guidelines from the outset to create a positive and structured learning environment. Start by teaching three to five procedures, such as how to pay attention during class calls or how to use classroom resources effectively.

Utilizing Resources:

Another important aspect of the first week of school is teaching students how to utilize resources they’ll need throughout the year. Whether it’s clear sleeves, markers, scissors, or math manipulatives, introducing these tools early on sets students up for success. By familiarizing them with these resources and teaching proper usage, you’ll save time and minimize disruptions later in the school year.

Reviewing Previous Concepts:

Take time during the first week to review previous concepts students learned in the previous grade. This serves as an assessment to identify any gaps in understanding and allows you to tailor your instruction accordingly. By addressing these gaps early on, you’ll ensure that students are prepared for the upcoming curriculum.

Themed Weeks:

Rather than diving straight into content, consider incorporating themed weeks into your lesson plans. Themed weeks provide a fun and engaging way to introduce key concepts and build classroom community. Whether you’re exploring books like “The Kissing Hand” or “How Full Is Your Bucket?”, themed weeks offer opportunities for meaningful learning experiences that resonate with students.

Conclusion:

In conclusion, what to teach during the first week of school sets the tone for the entire year. By focusing on procedures and expectations, utilizing resources, reviewing previous concepts, and incorporating themed weeks, you’ll establish a strong foundation for learning and growth. Remember, teaching is a journey, and each new school year brings its own opportunities and challenges. With thoughtful planning and preparation, you’ll be well-equipped to make a positive impact in your classroom. Here’s to a successful and rewarding school year ahead!

If you’re looking for more tips and resources to help you thrive in the classroom, be sure to check out my Ultimate Classroom Setup Guide and Classroom Kickstart Mini Course.

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Here we break down 10 questions to ask the hiring committee at the end of your teacher interview. PLUS possible red and green flag answers to keep an eye out for.

These teacher interview questions will help you confidently prepare for your upcoming teacher interview, discover the perfect district for you to work for, and know with confidence how to stand out during your next interview from other candidates.