Ask your principal about the school's policy and procedures regarding
- computer programs for attendance, marks and so on,
- class lists,
- dismissal and signout,
- enrolment and parent information forms,
- field trips,
- fire drills and other emergencies,
- hospitality fund,
- library resources for students and teachers,
- opening day,
- opening exercises,
- paper and other supplies,
- personal and student safety measures,
- petty cash,
- registration procedures,
- schedules and timetables,
- school arrival and dismissal times,
- school assemblies,
- school council,
- school handbook,
- school keys and security,
- schoolwide rules,
- staff meetings,
- staff parking,
- student behaviour expectations,
- student evaluation,
- student fees,
- student supervision duties and
- substitute teachers.
|Assign bulletin board areas for displaying
- bulletin board ideas created by students,
- a calendar and current events,
- different subjects, and
- student work.
Prepare your classroom in these ways:
- Arrange the classroom and prepare a seating plan.
- Duplicate materials needed for the first few days.
- Have a receipt book ready if money is to be collected.
- Make a checklist for forms that need to be returned.
- Make signs for the room.
- Organize your daily plan book to include General and Specific Learner Expectations.
- Plan a textbook distribution record.
- Plan the first day in detail.
- Prepare an outline for the first week.
- Prepare a class list and post a copy.
- Put your name outside the classroom door with a class list.
- Set up learning centres.
- Know the fire exit route.
Prepare your files by setting up folders for:
- late and absent notes,
- parent correspondence,
- record keeping and student behaviour,
- staff bulletins and memos,
- substitute teachers,
- student marks and grades,
- emergency lessons, and
- each unit that you will begin at school opening.
|Get to know your students through the following activities:
- Learn as many names as possible.
- Find out which students are receiving special help.
- Prepare an inventory to find out student interests.
- Prepare tentative groupings for instruction.
- Read each student’s cumulative record.
- Review your provision for individual differences.
|Prepare a package to send home on the first day that includes:
- a welcoming newsletter,
- forms required by the school,
- a supply list and costs, and a list of what the school provides.
|Assemble the following items:
- Appropriate books for reading or reference use
- Attendance materials
- Classroom art supplies
- Supplementary teaching materials
- Textbooks and accompanying materials
|Know your materials and how they support learner expectations by:
- reviewing the program of studies and relevant curriculum guides and teacher manuals.
- reviewing curriculum materials in the school library.
|Rehearse your first lessons:
- Be organized.
- Be overprepared.
|Set up your classroom:
- Arrange the desks or tables to meet the needs of the students and your teaching style.
- Arrange equipment.
- Decide where to store supplies.
- Find a place for students to hand in assignments and pick up handouts.
|Complete pre-employment paperwork:
- Sign forms for health benefits and Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund.
- Sign contract of employment.
- Apply for a statement of teacher qualifications.
- Obtain your interim teaching certificate or letter of authority prior to commencing work, otherwise the collective agreement does not apply to you, nor are you a member of the ATA.