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First Day & Common Pitfalls to Avoid



Being prepared on the first day can help you avoid any of the pitfalls.... watch the latest videos from youtube.com, browse some up to date links, or read about some helpful
hints to make your first day successful!


VIDEOS TO AVOID PITFALLS
· Social Networking Pitfalls
Don’t take risks and avoid any social networking pitfalls by watching this video. The video addresses the dangers of social networking sites after a new report found teachers have been made the target of online hate campaigns and other malicious behavior by pupils. A new survey by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) reveals the extent to which school staff are affected by online community sites such as Facebook, Bebo and Myspace.

http://youtu.be/coOOZAec6JU



· Inappropriate Student Relationships
Building relationships is crucial for students to be motivated within the classroom. Be aware of inappropriate behavior and always maintain your professionalism.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOJn8jyH2pg


WEBLINKS TO AVOID PITFALLS
This link provides ideas from other teachers on how to manage your toughest behavior challenges. There are a variety of behavior issues and strategies to deal with these instances which can help any teacher
http://www.teachervision.fen.com/classroom-management/behavioral-problems/26200.html

· Common Mistakes in Lesson Planning
Avoid behavior issues by OVERPLANNING. Know what you are going to do each and every day. Write the agenda on the board so when the students come in, they see what is going to be covered that day. Start them off with a warm-up activity. The students will get accustomed immediately to coming into the classroom and having a short "assignment” to complete while you are taking roll, etc….

Every teacher has a unique way of completing lesson plans. Some are based on strict district guidelines, while others come out of years of experience and successful practices. This link is a list of generally accepted free lesson planning templates. Some are generic and some are subject specific.
http://www.lessonplans4teachers.com/templates.php

Lesson planning doesn’t always come easy to all teachers. It does take experience to make the perfect lesson plan. To avoid some common mistakes read about the 6 common mistakes of lesson planning by Dr. Bob Kizlik.
http://www.adprima.com/mistakes.htm

HELPFUL HINT: Have every minute accounted for; this will help with classroom management.

· 101 Tips for the first three weeks of school
Joyce T. Povlacs from the Teaching and Learning Center at the University of Nebraska provided these suggestions. The ideas are sited to help students make the transition from high school to learning in college but can certainly help with any grade level.
http://honolulu.hawaii.edu/intranet/committees/FacDevCom/guidebk/teachtip/101thing.htm

· First Day of School Ice Breakers
Present some "getting to know you" activities for the students. They will get to know one another, and you will get to know them. You will also be able to see how they work together as a group so you can spot potential problems and work toward solutions. Visit the Icebreakers and Energizers page.
http://forums.educationworld.com/index.php?t=msg&th=229&start=0&rid=17&S=c7ee22480bd8dc0df0c876dd4aed4e95

· Bulletin Board Ideas
Bulletin boards make your classroom visually appealing and should be stimulating to your students. Improve teaching effectively by using bulletins boards as an educational tool.
These websites provides multiple ideas for general and subject specific bulletin boards. There are templates that can be uploaded and there are also additional links for more ideas.
http://www.teachervision.fen.com/bulletin-board/curriculum-planning/6515.html
http://www.teachertools.org/bulletinboards_dynam.asp

· Student Introductions
This website is a good source for facilitating effective student introductions. It states how to get started and provides some examples and ideas.
http://tlc.ucalgary.ca/documents/ITBL_EffectiveIntroductions.pdf

· I LOVE THAT FIRST DAY TEACHING IDEA!
Use this link to find creative practical first day teaching ideas shared from other teachers.
http://www.ilovethatteachingidea.com/ideas/subj_first_day.htm



HELPFUL HINTS TO AVOID PITFALLS ON THE FIRST DAY

· Rules & Procedures
One major pitfall is not establishing the rules and procedures starting the first day of class. Here are a few tips to remember when designing the policies and procedures of running a successful classroom.
  • Make rules understandable and visible
  • Stay firm on your rules- Once you set a precedent of allowing a lot of disruptions, it can be very hard to start better classroom management and discipline techniques.
  • Be Fair
  • Deal with Disruptions with as Little Interruption as Possible
  • Avoid Confrontations in Front of Students
  • Stop Disruptions with a Little Humor
  • Keep High Expectations in Your Class
  • Overplan- have minilessons on hand
  • Everyday is a New Day- don’t hold grudges

· Seating Chart
Avoid discipline issues by having a seating chart the first day. One of the most important things a teacher can do is to get to know the students’ names in a short time as possible. This student-teacher contact establishes the authority of a teacher. Knowing the names early on can also offset discipline problems. Finally, the quicker the teacher knows the students’ names, the more efficient the lesson plan will run.
HELPFUL HINTS: 1) Make a quick copy of your seating charts for the days when you know in advance you will be absent for the substitute teacher. Attach the seating charts to your lesson plans. 2.) If remembering names is a problem for you, put the students in alphabetical order for the first seating chart. 3.) Be different so the student with the last name beginning with “Z” doesn’t always sit in the last seat last row. Most teachers alphabetize by the last name; try alphabetizing by the first name instead.


· Supply List
Even if you posted the supply list before school began, go over the supply list with the students and explain why they need the uncommon items. Give a deadline for having supplies at school.

· Technology Pitfalls
Studies do show that students can learn better with the use of whiteboards, but they have to be used in the right way. Without taking the technology to the next level, it becomes nothing more than “exciting technology” that doesn't make an impact on the lives of students. Teachers must learn to make the most out of the whiteboards and the teaching resources to avoid these pitfalls to ensure their students are truly benefiting from the use of the whiteboards in class. Here are some pitfalls to avoid.
Too Many Visuals:
One of the pitfalls that teachers may find when using whiteboards in the classroom is too many visuals. It is easy to get carried away with visual imagery. Although images can be very helpful with learning, too much visual stimuli can be a problem for some students. If there are too many images, it becomes more difficult to identify the content that is really important.
HELPFUL HINT: Place images in areas of the lesson where they will have the most impact.
Lack of Organization:
There is the problem of lack of organization when teachers put together their teaching resources and teach lessons with their interactive whiteboards. There is a lot of content that can be presented, however, if teachers do not have the content organized, they may go through the lesson to quickly, not allowing students to absorb the material.
HELPFUL HINT: Organize sequence and pace lessons appropriately for the class.

Using Too Many Features:
Using too many features on the whiteboard can be a pitfall that teachers should avoid. While teachers need to make use of all the available features, they don't have to be used all at once. Overusing the technology can take the focus from the material that must be learned and place it on the feature that is being used.
HELPFUL HINT: Figure out which features will reinforce learning without causing students to be distracted.

· Student Information
Use you computer to create student information cards. You can get four cards on each sheet. Run copies on cardstock and cut them apart. File this in a box for future reference. Items to include are name, address, phone number, birthday, class schedule, parents' names, and parents' workplace email addresses and phone numbers. You will have the information on hand when you need to call parents or find the student when not present.

HELPFUL HINT: If your school system uses an online gradebook, use this for information. It usually contains phone numbers, email addresses, and personal information.

A good teacher will always teach what is expected, but a great teacher will deliver more than what is expected.

Not know which way to go on the first day ofschool?
Avoid the pitfalls!

Additional Helpful Links

Teaching Secrets: 10 To-Dos for New Teachers
http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2010/05/05/tln_ratzel_newteachertodos.html?tkn=WOSFbcKyMJdsmniwylHrSi0J92Xo3iAFGxGK&cmp=clp-edweek






Being prepared on the first day can help you avoid any of the pitfalls.




VIDEOS TO AVOID PITFALLS
· Social Networking Pitfalls
Don’t take risks and avoid any social networking pitfalls by watching this video. The video addresses the dangers of social networking sites after a new report found teachers have been made the target of online hate campaigns and other malicious behavior by pupils. A new survey by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) reveals the extent to which school staff are affected by online community sites such as Facebook, Bebo and Myspace.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nB9BI1u9C_Q

· Inappropriate Student Relationships
Building relationships is crucial for students to be motivated within the classroom. Be aware of inappropriate behavior and always maintain your professionalism.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOJn8jyH2pg


WEBLINKS TO AVOID PITFALLS
This link provides ideas from other teachers on how to manage your toughest behavior challenges. There are a variety of behavior issues and strategies to deal with these instances which can help any teacher
http://www.teachervision.fen.com/classroom-management/behavioral-problems/26200.html

· Common Mistakes in Lesson Planning
Avoid behavior issues by OVERPLANNING. Know what you are going to do each and every day. Write the agenda on the board so when the students come in, they see what is going to be covered that day. Start them off with a warm-up activity. The students will get accustomed immediately to coming into the classroom and having a short "assignment” to complete while you are taking roll, etc….

Every teacher has a unique way of completing lesson plans. Some are based on strict district guidelines, while others come out of years of experience and successful practices. This link is a list of generally accepted free lesson planning templates. Some are generic and some are subject specific.
http://www.lessonplans4teachers.com/templates.php

Lesson planning doesn’t always come easy to all teachers. It does take experience to make the perfect lesson plan. To avoid some common mistakes read about the 6 common mistakes of lesson planning by Dr. Bob Kizlik.
http://www.adprima.com/mistakes.htm

HELPFUL HINT: Have every minute accounted for; this will help with classroom management.

· 101 Tips for the first three weeks of school
Joyce T. Povlacs from the Teaching and Learning Center at the University of Nebraska provided these suggestions. The ideas are sited to help students make the transition from high school to learning in college but can certainly help with any grade level.
http://honolulu.hawaii.edu/intranet/committees/FacDevCom/guidebk/teachtip/101thing.htm

· First Day of School Ice Breakers
Present some "getting to know you" activities for the students. They will get to know one another, and you will get to know them. You will also be able to see how they work together as a group so you can spot potential problems and work toward solutions. Visit the Icebreakers and Energizers page.
http://forums.educationworld.com/index.php?t=msg&th=229&start=0&rid=17&S=c7ee22480bd8dc0df0c876dd4aed4e95

· Bulletin Board Ideas
Bulletin boards make your classroom visually appealing and should be stimulating to your students. Improve teaching effectively by using bulletins boards as an educational tool.
These websites provides multiple ideas for general and subject specific bulletin boards. There are templates that can be uploaded and there are also additional links for more ideas.
http://www.teachervision.fen.com/bulletin-board/curriculum-planning/6515.html
http://www.teachertools.org/bulletinboards_dynam.asp

· Student Introductions
This website is a good source for facilitating effective student introductions. It states how to get started and provides some examples and ideas.
http://tlc.ucalgary.ca/documents/ITBL_EffectiveIntroductions.pdf

· I LOVE THAT FIRST DAY TEACHING IDEA!
Use this link to find creative practical first day teaching ideas shared from other teachers.
http://www.ilovethatteachingidea.com/ideas/subj_first_day.htm



HELPFUL HINTS TO AVOID PITFALLS ON THE FIRST DAY

· Rules & Procedures
One major pitfall is not establishing the rules and procedures starting the first day of class. Here are a few tips to remember when designing the policies and procedures of running a successful classroom.
  • Make rules understandable and visible
  • Stay firm on your rules- Once you set a precedent of allowing a lot of disruptions, it can be very hard to start better classroom management and discipline techniques.
  • Be Fair
  • Deal with Disruptions with as Little Interruption as Possible
  • Avoid Confrontations in Front of Students
  • Stop Disruptions with a Little Humor
  • Keep High Expectations in Your Class
  • Overplan- have minilessons on hand
  • Everyday is a New Day- don’t hold grudges

· Seating Chart
Avoid discipline issues by having a seating chart the first day. One of the most important things a teacher can do is to get to know the students’ names in a short time as possible. This student-teacher contact establishes the authority of a teacher. Knowing the names early on can also offset discipline problems. Finally, the quicker the teacher knows the students’ names, the more efficient the lesson plan will run.
HELPFUL HINTS: 1) Make a quick copy of your seating charts for the days when you know in advance you will be absent for the substitute teacher. Attach the seating charts to your lesson plans. 2.) If remembering names is a problem for you, put the students in alphabetical order for the first seating chart. 3.) Be different so the student with the last name beginning with “Z” doesn’t always sit in the last seat last row. Most teachers alphabetize by the last name; try alphabetizing by the first name instead.


· Supply List
Even if you posted the supply list before school began, go over the supply list with the students and explain why they need the uncommon items. Give a deadline for having supplies at school.

· Technology Pitfalls
Studies do show that students can learn better with the use of whiteboards, but they have to be used in the right way. Without taking the technology to the next level, it becomes nothing more than “exciting technology” that doesn't make an impact on the lives of students. Teachers must learn to make the most out of the whiteboards and the teaching resources to avoid these pitfalls to ensure their students are truly benefiting from the use of the whiteboards in class. Here are some pitfalls to avoid.
Too Many Visuals:
One of the pitfalls that teachers may find when using whiteboards in the classroom is too many visuals. It is easy to get carried away with visual imagery. Although images can be very helpful with learning, too much visual stimuli can be a problem for some students. If there are too many images, it becomes more difficult to identify the content that is really important.
HELPFUL HINT: Place images in areas of the lesson where they will have the most impact.
Lack of Organization:
There is the problem of lack of organization when teachers put together their teaching resources and teach lessons with their interactive whiteboards. There is a lot of content that can be presented, however, if teachers do not have the content organized, they may go through the lesson to quickly, not allowing students to absorb the material.
HELPFUL HINT: Organize sequence and pace lessons appropriately for the class.

Using Too Many Features:
Using too many features on the whiteboard can be a pitfall that teachers should avoid. While teachers need to make use of all the available features, they don't have to be used all at once. Overusing the technology can take the focus from the material that must be learned and place it on the feature that is being used.
HELPFUL HINT: Figure out which features will reinforce learning without causing students to be distracted.

· Student Information
Use you computer to create student information cards. You can get four cards on each sheet. Run copies on cardstock and cut them apart. File this in a box for future reference. Items to include are name, address, phone number, birthday, class schedule, parents' names, and parents' workplace email addresses and phone numbers. You will have the information on hand when you need to call parents or find the student when not present.

HELPFUL HINT: If your school system uses an online gradebook, use this for information. It usually contains phone numbers, email addresses, and personal information.

A good teacher will always teach what is expected, but a great teacher will deliver more than what is expected.













Not know which way to go on the
first day of school?





Avoid the pitfalls!

Additional Helpful Links

Teaching Secrets: 10 To-Dos for New Teachers
http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2010/05/05/tln_ratzel_newteachertodos.html?tkn=WOSFbcKyMJdsmniwylHrSi0J92Xo3iAFGxGK&cmp=clp-edweek

Not know which way to go on the first day of school?

Avoid the pitfalls!

Additional Helpful Links

Teaching Secrets: 10 To-Dos for New Teachers
http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2010/05/05/tln_ratzel_newteachertodos.html?tkn=WOSFbcKyMJdsmniwylHrSi0J92Xo3iAFGxGK&cmp=clp-edweek