(I'm technologically challenged today because I'm having a hard time to get the cute frame on my blog. ugh!)
So here's my tips, without the cuteness:
*Make friends with the secretary, custodian, and cafeteria workers AND treat them well. I know it's already been mentioned but this is a BIG one! They'll be glad to help you anytime you need it.
*Act like you know what you're doing...even if you don't. haha! There were many times my first few weeks of school when I thought "What the heck am I doing?" but the smiling 5 and 6 year-olds didn't know that I did the wrong workbook page or made a mistake, so I didn't let it get to me. I just kept on doing my thing.
*Communication is KEY! You need to keep your student's parents involved and up to date with what's going on in your classroom, whether it's by a newsletter, class website, or notes sent home. They are more willing to support you and be a part of their child's education if they know what's going on.
*Don't be afraid to ask for help. My co-workers were always willing to help me out, I just needed to ask. They gave me space at the beginning because they didn't want to overwhelm me but I wanted some reassurance to see if I was doing things right. So I went to them when I had questions or needed something.
*Take time to recognize ALL your students throughout the day. Some kids these days have it tougher than I'd like to imagine. A smile, kind words, greeting them in the morning, asking how their day is going, etc. can make a HUGE impression on these little ones.
*Remember to have FUN! If you're having fun, doing what you love, then your students will as well.
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