As a young, inexperienced teacher I remember wondering what my first day of class should look and feel like. In my first school district, the first day was only a half-day and veteran teachers advised, “ Oh, you only have twenty minutes so just hand out your syllabus and lay down the law. You don’t have time to do anything else.” I tried that method and learned that I had missed a huge opportunity to build community and get to know my students on the first day. After learning my lesson the hard way, I started to prioritize relationships from day one.
Here are three of the best methods that I’ve observed or tried personally for getting to know students from the first minute of class on the first day:
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