tips for starting at a new school
Starting at a new school can be scary, especially if you’re starting in the middle of the year or if you’ve just moved to a new place. This page is full of tips that can help make the transition easier.
interacting with classmates
interacting with teachers
- Give your teacher(s) a good first impression of you. How you behave on the first day will likely influence the way your teacher thinks of you for the rest of the year. Perceptions can be changed, of course, but sometimes it takes a while.
- Teachers aren’t mindreaders. If the work is too hard or if you don’t understand something, LET THEM KNOW! Same with if you’re having trouble learning for any other reason. Most teachers are more than willing to help their students, but they won’t be able to help you if they don’t know what’s wrong.
- Each teacher has different things that they allow and don’t allow. It’s a good idea to pay attention to this and to figure out what kinds of behavior each teacher expects. One may love to see students working together and talking things through; another may prefer it when students are quiet and raise their hands for help.
- There are certain things that all teachers don’t like, such as rudeness, disobedience, and disrespect. Try your best to avoid these kinds of behaviors. If you have a problem with a teacher, talk to them about it privately, not in the middle of class with all your classmates listening.
- It can be helpful to ask other kids about what certain teachers are like, but be careful not to let their opinions influence yours. Everyone has their own personality and learning style, so a teacher who your friend hated might end up being an amazing teacher for you.
starting in the middle of the year