How to Introduce Yourself to Your Class on the First Day of School

by Chris Miksen

The first day of class for teachers is the time when they introduce themselves to students and explain the kind of person he or she is. Most students are full of nervous energy the first day of school; they want to know what their teachers are going to be like. As a teacher, it’s your job to support the students and tap into their potential. Taking the time to introduce yourself is key to setting up a stable relationship with your class.

Dress professionally, such as in a dress shirt, tie and black shoes or a dress shirt, long skirt and black shoes. While you want the students to enjoy their time in your class, you also want them to respect you.

Introduce yourself by telling the class your name and what they can call you. For example, if you have a long last name that’s difficult to pronounce, you can say “You can call me Mrs. B.”

Tell your class a little about yourself, such as your interests and hobbies. For example, you could say, “I own a horse and I enjoy riding whenever I have free time.” Anything that makes you seem more personable will leave your class with a better impression of you.

Explain to your class the rules and what your class can expect of you. For example, you could say “I’m easy going, but I do have a few rules that everyone must abide by.”

Remain courteous and positive when speaking. It’s important for your class to know that you’ll be there for them in case they need anything, and that you aren’t a mean person who doesn’t want anything to do with them.

Ask your students if they'd like to know anything more about you. After you have answered their questions, ask the class what they have learned about you. For example, ask "What do I like to do in my free time?" By doing that, you're reiterating your introduction, which makes it easier for the students to remember you.

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