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5 Ways to Welcome New Teachers

New teachers joining your team or staff this year? So do we! This year, we have four new teachers joining our staff. Remember your first days as a teacher? Or as the new teacher to the building? I do. I wouldn't necessarily say it's awkward...that's not quite the right word. But it is....different.

Starting out on the right foot is so really sets the tone for your whole year! There's not much worse than starting out overwhelmed and stressed! Especially for new teachers! As the *ahem* veteran teachers, we can help out with that! Here's a list of ways we can help new teachers get off to a great start!

Put together a survival kit! Fill a basket (small or large) with items that teachers need in the classroom. You know...the types of things you use all.the.time in the classroom, and maybe a few items that you keep on hand for emergencies. Do you have something special you like to use or have in your classroom? Consider adding it. Here's a list of items you might include:
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  • Sticky Notes
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Hand Lotion
  • Note Cards
  • Tylenol
  • BandAids
  • Lint Roller
  • Tide To Go Pen
  • Super Glue
  • Binder Clips
I started a Welcome Teachers! Pinterest Board and have been collecting lots of ideas for teacher survival kits, and general teacher gifts. Make sure to pop over there and check out the cutie patootie ideas!
Flash 'em! Give your new staff member a flash drive on which  you've saved all of your 'go to' Back to School resources. (Of course, make sure to follow copyright guidelines!) I would have loved getting a flash drive of materials when I first started teaching!

How about lunch? Invite your new staff member to join you (or a group) for lunch or dinner. Getting away from the building is a nice break from the start of the year stress. Plus, it's the casual non-school related atmosphere is a great backdrop for relaxed conversation. What a great way to make someone feel welcome!

Every now & then stop by with your new team member's favorite drink. Or leave it on the desk before he/she arrives! Such a nice treat to get in the morning!

Check in often! Ask if you can do anything to help (and mean it). Don't just limit efforts to make your new team member feel welcome to the first couple weeks of school...make sure to check in every now and then. Is there anything he needs help locating? Any supplies or materials you can help with? Does she just need a sounding board to bounce ideas off of? Help with just those small things can make a world of difference! And remember to smile!!

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