Stories from the Classroom

What Makes A Great 1st Day of School?

Episode Summary

Is the first day of school the most important? Seems like a lot riding on it with trying to make sure every student feels seen & heard, gets excited about your class, AND begins a positive relationship with you, their classmates, and the content. Let's explore the first day of school.

Episode Notes

With the start of the school year upon us, I've been thinking a lot about the first day of school.

Is it the most important day?
How do you balance the need for rules & procedures with getting kids stoked about being in your class?
How do you ensure students have a voice and feel seen & heard on the first day?
How do you not only begin to develop a positive relationship with students but also help them begin to develop positive relationships with each other and with the content you're teaching?
What do students think makes a great first day?

Special thanks to CJ Reynolds for his video that sparked this podcast. See the video and his YouTube channel HERE.

Thanks to Terra Lynch for offering her 20 years of classroom insight to the discussion. You can find here on Twitter HERE and her new book, Protocols In The Classroom can be found HERE.

Music by Hippo Campus