Teachers, how do you get to know your new class?

By Vidhya

Teachers, how do you get to know your new class?


Are you a new teacher looking for advice about teaching job, managing a classroom or teaching engaging lessons? Regardless of its occurrence, your first class as a teacher could be a defining moment in your career as a educator. Handling of such events in the few initial days of your career can set the tone for the rest of the school year.

Try some interesting activities to help students get familiarised with one another and teachers. Such activities could ease those first-day butterflies and head the school year off with a great start.

You can encourage some group activities or make kids sing songs or recite rhymes they have learnt in their previous classes. Bringing in cooperative skills are necessary for a good community. This can allow your kids to practice group skills. It also gives you a chance to get a good picture of their strength and weaknesses.

You can ask them to tell about their favourite book character and why and what they like about the character.

A digital camera and a good printer could come handy. Take a picture of each student and provide them with a prepared questionnaire that has questions about favourite book, food, places or hobbies. Let the students share their responses with each other. This way you can create connections between the kids.

You can also do the name continuum. Have all the students arrange themselves in alphabetical orders of their names. You can also vary the order by height or birth date, or any order-able information.

At school, kids not only get better intellectually but they also develop socially and emotionally. Teaching in all these dimensions could impact learning and performance of your students.

You could have a lot of activities for you tots, but without knowing what is going on your students heads, the activities may not be completely fruitful. So prior to your activity session, try to make your students comfortable. Let them know what they should expect from you as a teacher. And create a conversation where the kids will tell you what they will do in return.

As a teacher you are imparting knowledge and also you play a role of a guardian where you develop the students emotionally, intellectually and socially. Teaching is not just a job, it is more of a vocation. Anyone can teach, but to teach well and care for your students will require a great deal of your commitment.

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