I am a first year teacher!

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  1. Lakrieg

    Lakrieg New Member

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    Hello,
    I am going to be starting my first year of teaching this fall and will be teaching third grade. I'm so excited to be starting this journey but a little overwhelmed at the same time because I am pretty much starting from scratch. I have an idea of how my classroom procedures will go and how my classroom management will be laid out but I am just not sure what to do the first week of school. The first week starts on a Tuesday. Any suggestions? I guess I just need to know where to start!
     
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    Aliceacc Multitudinous

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    HI and welcome!!!!

    I'll leave the suggestions to the elementary pros... I teach high school math!
     
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    3rd grade is so much fun!!

    First off, you need to think about your behavior management plan. That is CRUCIAL.

    Also, I suggest looking at the standards and buying a textbook that they are using, so you can refresh up on your skills.
     
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    Congrats and Welcome!

    I would plan some time to organize the students (organize supplies, their desk, label things, etc).

    I would plan a few getting to know you activities.

    You may want a couple of assessments to learn your students skills: reading fluency, math facts, writing, etc.

    I would also plan to start some kind of instruction right away. You want your students to learn something every day that they come to school.
     
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    Congrats! I'll add you to our jobs list :D

    As for the beginning of the year, I always start (no matter which grade I'm teaching) with rules and routines and getting to know you activities. I start instruction in some areas on the second day, especially in math :) I also do informal and formal beginning of the year assessments to see what they know coming in to me, such as the primary spelling inventory and some math problems.

    Will there be anyone else in your grade level? Maybe ask your P if you can have their contact info to reach out to them this summer...if you can plan together at first it might be helpful to you, or even just to get some ideas from them. Good luck and congrats again!!
     
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    I'll echo what previous teachers have said about classroom management. The class routines and management are crucial. Be sure you are consistent with your expectations. Will you have a mentor teacher?
     
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    Congrats!
     
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    Congrats! You will get lots of great advice, but I would be sure to pick out a great read-aloud. This is an important part of the curriculum, but can also help fill in those extra minutes the first few days when you are working on your schedule.
     
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    Yay!! :D

    I spend the whole first week getting to know my students (I use fun activities as well as academic assessments for this) and getting them familiar with the routines and procedures.

    There are some things we are required to do like come up with classroom rules and expectations (together) and practice emergency drills, etc.

    I have them enter the room on the first day and put their backpacks in the back of the room before being seated. Then I introduce myself and tell them the procedure for being heard and using the bathroom =) From there I basically tell them what each time slot is generally going to be allotted for and teach procedures for those items. For example, I might say, "It is 8:15. This is the time we will normally be practicing our Spelling words. Let me teach you a game we often use to practice them."

    Several minutes before we leave the room (for Specialist, recess, library or whatever) I stop and teach procedures for leaving the room and then what to do when returning to the room afterwards.

    The first few days are spent explaining and practicing procedures, getting to know each other better, handing out and organizing textbooks and supplies, and giving some assessments. Then I start into the curriculum the second week.
     
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    Yes I will have a mentor teacher. Thank you for all of the suggestions! I have already printed off all of the curriculum standards and become familiar with them and broke them down into units :) All of this information has been really helpful! I feel better knowing I have already taken it upon myself to do some of this stuff too so I must be heading in the right direction!!!
     
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    Lakrieg,
    I used to teach in Norfolk, VA -- not too far away. I taught 3rd for several years. It is a great age -- they still love their teacher, but they can do things independently once you go over the procedures with them. Good luck!
     
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    Congrats!

    I love teaching 3rd grade. It's a wonderful level to start your career at. Best wishes for a wonderful first year!
     
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    That's awesome! I am still new to this area, my husband is in the Navy. I am really excited!
     
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    Congrats! The first year is full of so many adventures! Keep your passion and love for teaching! You are off to a great start so far!
     
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    Congrats to you, Lakrieg! I echo everyone else's suggestions!
     
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    This is OUTSTANDING advice. Truly! Sometimes you will need to tell them they learned something new and tell them that you are proud of them and they should be proud of themselves.

    That first week I plan a little activity that I can use the last day of school. I have them make a private scroll where they jot down what they are most excited about for 3rd and what they are most worried about. If time permits, include fun things like favorites, chores, summer fun, etc. They look at it again on the last day as part of you-are-now-fourth graders ceremony. It is also an assessment of who's anxious and how well they write.





    Favorite Teacher Blogs:
    http://ed-is-life.blogspot.com/ and http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/Bridging-Differences/
     
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    Congratulations on your job. That's very exciting. I agree with what everyone has said. I do the Daily 5 in my class (as do many here on this board) so I start immediately working on that.
     
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    Congratulations! I taught 3rd grade my first two years- it's a fantastic age group.

    I HIGHLY suggest reading the book "The First Days of School" by Harry K. Wong if you haven't already. It'll set you up to prevent headaches by setting the proper tone at the beginning of the school year.
     
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    I heard that book was amazing. I will definitely be getting it. I also really like the scroll activity idea. I want to do a "time capsule" type activity that they can open again at the end of the school year!
     

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