Build Relationships With Your Students on the First Day
By: Linda Moyer
One topic that ignites my passion is
literacy. During my residency with ACTE I have developed several
connections but one of the most enjoyable has been with USA TODAY
Education. I have been writing for their CTE Teachers Lounge and Tip Jar. These sites have great ideas for your classroom and the latest buzz on topics in education.
the new school year quickly approaching, you will definitely want to
get to know your students and begin building relationships with them.
The student-teacher relationship is the key to student learning and
cooperation. Although building relationships is critical to students’
engagement and learning, oftentimes the first few days of class are
busy, challenging and often overwhelming. Yet of all of the tasks that
need to be accomplished, the most important is engaging students in
meaningful instruction. I would encourage you to check the Tip Jar for
engaging activities for those first few days. The T-shirt activity
is great! Students can work independently as you try to organize and
manage other business. Then, prior to the end of class, ask students to
share their T-shirts with the class. This will allow the students to
become familiar with each other, and you will also be delighted with
what you learn about the students. Take the opportunity to post them
around your room for others to view.
Another activity that is fun and enlightening is the Weather activity.
Everyone has an opinion about the weather. Get to know your students
and the kind of day they are having by giving each on an opportunity to
share their feeling using the lingo of a weather forecast. “I am have a
brightly sunny day because I am so happy to be back in school to see all
of my friends.” Students are very interested in the feelings of their
classmates, and this activity will break the ice for those that are a
Let’s foster excitement for the onset of school. What
do you do with your students during the first week of school to
effectively manage and engage students in meaningful instruction?