Helping Students Start the School Year With a Positive Mindset
Are you ready to help learners start the school year with the positive approach?
New school year is difficult time for each participant because there are many unknowns in the future. Educators have to pay attention to the creating positive experience and the approach at the beginning. Let the students feel free to ask questions and discuss schedule, subjects and other organizational matters.
Some teachers greet every student individually to provide a welcome atmosphere on the first week. Other educators prepare surprises and send an email with a podcast to their students to introduce themselves. There are many methods, choose the ways that fit you.
Make motivational discussion
Help students to remember funny moments from the past year, share impressions from the summer, to emphasize their goals for this academic year, discuss students’ benefits and future interesting school events. You may talk about steps that will help to succeed in education.
Ask learners to write a positive letter about the things that they are thankful for. Let them share their ideas, then you can play games.
Prepare yourself for the school year
Jen Schwanke, author of the book “You’re the Principal! Now What? Strategies and Solutions for New School Leaders”, advises being present at this moment in mind and in the body to open students, show them their importance. Try to motivate your colleagues and parents, believe that this year will be great. You may invite students’ families to introduce yourself and describe the future education.
Challenge yourself to remember students’ name quickly and some facts about them to build good relationships. Also, you may tell something about you the learners, for example, why you like to teach, interesting occasions from your work experience. Be natural and charismatic, engage them in asking questions.
Make time to look for the innovative ways to reach the students and improve the education. Analyze the past years and work on the teaching.
Prepare classroom for the students
Decorate the room to surprise students, make the festive atmosphere. Place flowers and plants. Put up a board with photos of students.
You may prepare quest and hide tasks for them in the classroom. Then you can watch useful movie and discuss it. Prepare tasty food and create the informal environment.
Also, use art to create a positive mindset. You may draw together something on the white T-shirts and take photos. Place them on the website and in social networks to engage students in the education. They will feel a part of the creative team.
Icebreakers help to feel comfortable in the new company. Set the tone in the first week by asking students about their preferences, wishes, and dreams, hobbies and so on. Play games that help to remember students’ names. Use funny entertainment “Never have I ever” to tell each other about the unusual things that you have never done. It is a common game that introduces people in a new environment.
Invite famous author
Engage your students with a possibility to meet the popular author, to talk with him/her and listen to the stories. Learners like interesting persons, some interviews, and famous books. They will remember this day and share their emotions with family and friends.
Use your imagination to build relationships with students, open them and create a positive mindset. You may use games, classroom environment to provide welcome atmosphere. Help students to share their motivational thoughts and wishes on the first week. You may invite their families to celebrate the beginning of the school year together. Be open to answering their questions and look for the creative methods to create a good first impression.
Challenge yourself to remember students’ name quickly and some facts about them for better memorizing. Also, you may tell something about you the learners, for example, why you like to teach, interesting occasions from your work experience. Be natural and charismatic, engage them to write a positive letter about the things that they are thankful for. You may talk about steps that will help to succeed in education.
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