New Student to Welcome Mid-Year

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We've all been there. August rush is over. September has allowed you to breathe and move into deeper teaching. Community has begun to build within your classroom. Things are still, somewhat organized. You're in a routine. You know when/where/to who your kids go to the minute. Your schedule is set. You let out a sigh of contentment. 

Knock! Knock! Knock!

*Door opens. 

*Front office staff comes in with small child.

This sweet little person is entering into your room, routine, and environment. 

In October.

*Internally scream*

"Welcome to my room!"

This even has happened to EVERYONE. Maybe it was a different time of year or your new student was taller than you. 

BUT

IT

HAS

HAPPENED.

In my mind, that is where the story of my stress begins.

I have to get a desk for them.

I have to get their cumulative folder.

I have to get supplies for them.

I have to set a routine for them.

I have to figure out how they get home.

I have to ...

I have ...

I ...

I...

I...




STOP!




Since when did I go into teaching for me? What's all this "I" business?

Y'all, it's a new student. They're not a disaster. They're a new opportunity. They're a future adventure. They're a limitless possibility.

They. That little soul. 

I forgot.

Teaching is self-less. When did I forget?

I made a decision. Each. Kid. Is. Welcome.

My stress is not.

So,

HOW TO WELCOME A NEW STUDENT WITHOUT STRESS
  • BE READY
    • Prepare extra folders at the beginning of the year of all pertinent documents to send home
    • Make an extra (or few) take-home-folders
    • Have an extra mailbox ready to go. Add ALL of the newsletters from the year.
    • Have extra birthday gifts available
  • HAVE A BUDDY
    • No, not for you. Have a child who can be the buddy for the new student! This will be someone who can help throughout the day, include them in activities, show them the ropes, and sit with them during lunch.
  • REMEMBER...
    • This is a new opportunity
    • They are more nervous than you are
    • They deserve a clean slate
This is not meant to test you. This is to help you evolve. You are impacting the future. Do it with grace!

New student starfish season 3 spongebob squarepants GIF on GIFER ...

Love you all!!!

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