Did you welcome your students?

Most schools have been in session for at least a week now. How did you kick off this academic year? Hopefully with a bang!

All students should be welcomed back into the classroom. Home school moms can do this as well. Here are some welcome back ideas:

  • Hold a First Day of School celebration
  • Go out and greet them when they arrive at school
  • Be visible in hallways
  • Mark your classroom clearly with your name and room number
  • Assign hallway guides and hang directional signs
  • Hang a welcome banner in the classroom

Harry Wong, author of The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher,  says that effective teachers (and schools) welcome students back after their summer breaks. And that everyone –teachers, parents, school administrators, principals, janitors, business people, and the community at large– need to be involved in this.

If schools do not begin with the proper, positive expectations, there may not be a Graduation Day for a student.

Here’s a welcome banner I created one year. I left it up until the 4th week of school.

(click to enlarge)

What did you do to welcome your students? If you haven’t already done so, it’s not too late!

Here’s a tutorial to make your own banner or garland Welcome Back.

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