One of the problems most new teachers face is classroom management. When I started teaching, what I really wanted was to sit in on several different classrooms on the first day. What did those veteran teachers say on that important first day to begin to instill the respect and order needed in the classroom?
Of course, we have our own classes on that first day, and most student-teaching gigs don’t start until after the initial procedures and essential expectations have been established. For this blog’s first big question, I’d like for teachers to post their opening “speech”, summary, or outline. What I’ve experienced is that what is best for one teacher is a blend of the things they’ve learned from several teachers, so every comment added to this site will help new teachers to develop a plan for their first day next year (because it is never too late to have a first day, even during the school year).
Bring on the answers! . . .