The School Year Starter Kit (Or, Everything You Should Have Learned at New Teacher Orientation)
There’s always lots of ground to cover at New Teacher Orientation.
Inspiration. Information. Registration…
As a result, Orientation events tend to mix fire-hose levels of district information with inspirational parables, all set to a soundtrack of Wind Beneath My Wings on repeat. Unfortunately, this means the combined message new teachers receive right before they step into their first classroom feels something like this:
“You are the wind beneath kids’ wings…Your job is to be the force of nature that keeps children from dropping out of the sky. Always remember, you make a difference! Oh, but also make sure you’re never alone in a room with a kid. And everything you do needs to be backed up by data. But make sure to be confident! Students can sense when you’re not confident! Now, please read this binder that describes our evaluation system.”
Yet orientation events often leave out the number one subject on teachers’ minds: The first day of school.
That’s the inspiration behind The School Year Starter Kit, a free, three-day email series meant to help rookies cut through information overload and focus on the few, basic things that will most help them prepare for the first day of teaching.
The Starter Kit acts as a reference point, with links to things like first day lesson plan tips, suggested classroom rules, and a 10-day countdown checklist. It ends with an FAQ section that addresses nagging concerns, including questions teachers can ask in real time using an optional survey at the bottom of each email. You can sign up here
or use the form below.
You’ll also receive some advice from my keynote speech at orientation events around the country, which explain why it’s helpful to think of your first day of teaching like running an airport.
Best of luck as you prepare for the first day.