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First Day Script?
Old 08-16-2007, 05:48 PM
 
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I recently attended an orientation for my county as a new teacher. During the orientation, Harry Wong (if you haven't heard of him...LOOK him up! He is FANTASTIC!) spoke and gave us some advice and tips about running an efficient classroom. He also mentioned the idea of preparing a "script" for the first day.

Are any of you familiar with this concept, and have you tried it? If so...can you provide an example? I am comfortable with the year as a whole, but the first day/ week are really starting to freak me out as they draw near. Thanks!

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This will be my 11th year teaching and I still write out a "script" for the first two days. There are so many "housekeeping" things to take care of, it is nice to have it all written down what you are going to share/do with the students so you don't leave things out. Basically, I write out what I am going to say. I bullet the main topic (seen below) and then write out exactly what I want to say under it:
*Introduce myself (background)
*Expectations for 5th grade
*Behavior/consequences
*Procedures
*Schedules...
I do the complete first two days only in script form. By the third day, we are usually in full out teaching mode. Hope this helps.
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Is that Wong the one who wrote the book the first days of school or something. We read that book in college. He says you should leave the denim in any form out of schools!!!!! That's what I remember reading from that book. I think I was really in to jean rompers at the time and was very upset!!!
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Yes, that is the one and only Harry Wong. I think his name/book is drilled into every beginning teachers head!!
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Old 08-16-2007, 07:27 PM
 
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There's a sample first day script in one of Wong's columns.

http://teachers.net/gazette/JUN00/covera.html

If you don't have his book, there are lots of archived columns at the above link.


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I need to be more detailed (just how I am) especially on the first day because things are so crazy. I never get through everything I plan for, so it overflows to the 2nd and sometimes 3rd day. We do a lot of practice with procedures, assessments, and getting to know you activities on the first day. Hope this helps!
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I have clicked on many of the links below and they all seem to do exactly what I do. Comforting to know after 22 years! If you are just beginning to teach, I just wanted to tell you two things that I do, that I love. I have a teacher test right away in the morning. They see how to use notebook paper correctly and they learn about me in a fun way. I just tell them they will not know much, and that they will be much more prepared for their next test. I ask questions like what's my favorite color, etc. I also have a 1st day of school party. (Great Expectations idea) They love the party and they tell their parents that they loved the first day of school and their teacher. Good Luck this year
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All About Me and intro sheets
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BlueAngel,

Your first day script is wonderful, thanks for sharing! As a first year teacher it had all the details I was looking for - just curious if you would share more about your specific all about me and intro sheet assignments. How detailed are these or are they easy things the students can start working on right away? Thanks!
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Loved your script!
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I'm a new teacher. I'm also very detailed. I think your script was very useful. Thank you for sharing it!
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