Whether you’re a seasoned preschool teacher or this will be your first year teaching, the start of a new school year is an exciting time! Before the big day arrives, here are a few tips for the first day of the school year:
1. Establish a Routine Your Students Will Become Familiar With
Routines can help give preschoolers a sense of security. While you may be anxious for the first day, your students may also be feeling a mix of emotions and getting them accustomed to a regular schedule may help ease their transition to preschool. In addition, routines provide structure in children’s lives and can teach kids how to constructively control themselves and their environments.
2. Get To Know Every Child As An Individual
As a preschool teacher it’s important to remember that no two children are the same. Children need to know they’re valued, which is the message you give off when you take the time to get to know them on a personal level. This relationship can help you understand how to teach them in a way that capitalizes on their strengths.
3. Don’t Be Afraid to Try Something New
Adults are constantly encouraging children to try news things. Take your own advice and don’t be afraid to try out new ideas! Remember, as you get to know each student in your class, your original lesson plans or planned activities may change. Feel comfortable implementing new teaching strategies to help your preschoolers succeed.
4. Expect the Unexpected
It’s always better to be over prepared than underprepared. If you’ll have a teacher assistant in the classroom with you, get together before the first day and come up with a plan if things go array.
5. Patience is Key
Just like with anything new, it takes time to get adjusted to a new school year, new students and new parents. Allow yourself time to get settled and remember not to panic if things don’t go as planned. As you become more familiar with your surroundings and get to know your students, you’ll begin to feel more comfortable.