I don’t think anything has made me more nervous than anticipating my first day as a teacher — except may be standing in the door of a C-130 aircraft preparing to jump!

I wanted to be able to crush it during the first days of school, so as to have the credibility with my fellow teachers.

To make things worse, I had no one literary that I felt comfortable with whom I could turn to for advice. Then by chance something amazing happened.

Then I ran in to a classmate of mine who had been in my methods classes in college. He recommended a book that I should read and that he felt it would alleviate some of my concerns.

My plan was to go and get the book, and read it cover to cover. I wanted to really dig in the section about classroom management and what to do as soon as my students arrived. But there still was a problem.

Time was of the essence. Trying to absorb all the material that I was reading, as well as preparing my classroom, and buying supplies that I would need left me felling quite overwhelmed.

After it was all said and done, I put in place those strategies that the book had recommended. I got my classroom organized, and got all of the supplies and decorations that I needed to get things up and running. I now felt ready.

Although, all of my nervousness did not fully disappear, I felt so much better about how things might go. I felt confident that I would have a successful first day of school.



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Steve Hiles

I am a retired military and elementary school teacher living in Tennessee. I am an avid reader and love to write. I am very passionate about helping teachers. I hope you find my educational tips and strategies useful and enjoy hearing about my personal journey. Thanks for visiting!

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