Everything about the first day of school sets the mood for the entire academic year. Never proceed to your lesson proper without introducing yourself. As a teacher, it is crucial that you make firm impressions to your students while managing to create a wonderful first-day experience.
It is not strange that most teachers, licensed and new graduates alike, have difficulty building their reputations. Of course, there are plenty of ways to open yourself up to the students. First, be professional both in how you dress and how you speak. Your outfit and your words will always shout something relevant about you, and this will stick to your students’ minds for the rest of the year.
Self-introduction—where does it begin?
Your introduction of yourself starts even before you stand in front of the class and open your mouth. Self-introduction begins when you come in early and professionally-dressed. These two seemingly usual gestures immediately tell a lot about how you value your time and your perception of the classroom as a place of respect. Moreover, when something unpredictable happens during class hours, instead of panicking and showing how distressed you are, stay calm and focused. It might not bring a huge impact to you, but the manner in which you handle unforeseen contingencies properly will always leave a mark on your students. Moving through lessons and activities, with great ease, will not go unnoticed.
Introducing yourself in more ways than one
Students want to know about their new teacher, and it is your responsibility to supply to them this basic demand. Do not start the class without telling them your name and explaining the role you will play in their academic life. Write your name on the whiteboard and ask the students if they have any questions. You can start by telling a little about your background as a teacher.
Share your favorites with them. If you are handling a literature class, you can give your students a list of your top 20 favorite novels. That way, they get an idea of what they will be studying while knowing something relevant about you. When it comes to sharing your hobbies, you can always go all-out. They will appreciate it if you conduct this part a little less formally than you would on a proper lecture.
To make it more interesting, you can let your students throw their questions at you. You can also let them guess things about you. Make them feel that you are approachable and they can trust you. Of course, you can always set limitations if you find some questions to be unnecessary or too personal. This is a great way to set a comfortable tone at the beginning of the class.
Introducing yourself goes beyond the first day of class. It will always be a continuous discovery for you and your students. For instance, if you want to be perceived by your students as the teacher who values harmonious relationships, greet them individually every day. Making your greeting more personal also sets a positive tone inside the classroom. There’s a few more days before school starts — best of luck!
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