…every other teacher.



Today I was doing a mental walk-through with my student teacher’s first day (it’s tomorrow!!!!) and we got to the part where his first class walks in, they all get settled, and I asked…”What will your first words be?”

I am big into fist words, first impressions, first days, first days back from vacation, etc.  Research is now saying first impressions are made within 1/10 of a second!!  He responded by saying “Welcome back everyone, I am Mr. Smith.”

Nah…

“What do you think they expect you to say?”

“Welcome back everyone, I am Mr. Smith.”

“Exactly…do you want to be what they expect?  Do you want them to expect that you will be just like every other teacher?”

I received an email from him asking for a bit of a mental push, and this is what I wrote:

Think about the message(s) you are conveying about yourself with something like what is written below…Does your first impression connect you with them?  Does it make them smile?  Does it make them want to be with you tomorrow?  Does it make you human?

(leaning over desk, both palms on table, dead serious, start with neutral voice that allows you plenty of space to get loud, soft, serious, pause, speed up)

Let’s start…

I have a confession…

I am so scared.

You

are my very

very

first class…

ever

like ever.

But not only am I scared…

I am ridiculously excited.

Because someday

someday when I am old and gray…

even grayer than Mr bogush who tries to hide it by cutting his hair really really short…

Someday when I am old and gray I am going to look back and remember that this

this

is where

it all started.

I hope that the next ten weeks will be just as awesome for you

as they will be for me.

Ready?

Now the first thing I learned in teacher school was to do attendance and learn names so I that make sure that if your name is Alice I don’t call you Bob…of course if your name is Alice and I call you Bob you probably have bigger problems than just me not remembering your name.

Who’s Joe Santilli?
Hi Joe…
Joe what’s one thing I should know about you?

Take the above and use it, chop it, mash it, throw it out…or just smile and say welcome.

7 Comments

on “…every other teacher.
7 Comments on “…every other teacher.
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  2. Great post Paul! So important to gain students attention, and start to make connections with kids. Not just for first year teachers though? I have adjusted your script for a 35th year teacher on my “Webmaths” blog – hope you are OK with that? Keep up the interesting posts. Jeff

  3. Paul, I am an ESL teacher from Argentina. Does is sound faaaar away? It is. But today, reading this as well as your older posts,I’ve felt so near!
    Schools and teachers have lots of things to “learn”, I believe, or rather to “re learn”, which is even worse, cause it means we’ve been taught the wrong way.
    Thanks for sharing your work and passion with us!

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