Are You Ready?
Little shoes running across the yard. The thump of the backpack as it hits the ground. Scuffling into the classroom. Racing to sit next to your friend. The sound of the pencil writing a name on its paper. The silent raised hand. The whispered giggle at the corner of the room. All of these little, wonderful things are what make up the first day back at school.
I can barely remember any of my first day experiences, and because of this, I began to think: “what makes a first day back to school memorable?” Is it the friends in your class? Is it knowing you’re with your favourite teacher? Maybe it’s the activities you did that day, or the way your teacher made you feel? When I think back, I can remember embarrassing things that happened at school, or experiences that I treasured. However, no matter how hard I try to recall a first day, I can’t.
How can I make sure that when I am the leader of my own classroom, my students will have a memorable first day? I want them to leave my classroom thinking, “This was a great day”. I want them to grow up, and when asked to write about a favourite school experience, they think back to that very first day in my classroom.
I cannot give personal tips on a subject that I do not have much experience in, but here is a collection of my top 5 favourite ideas that I thought could really make a first day great.
These are only a few ideas of the many out there. I encourage you to find ways to make your first day back to school special. Today marked the very beginning of my second and last year in the Education program at the University of Ottawa. I was able to be part of a back-to-school experience. Just before the students left the classroom, one little girl turned to me and said, “best first day ever”. I hope she remembers this day, and I’m glad I was part of it.
If you can remember a back-to-school moment, please leave your story in the comment section below!