How To Talk With A Fellow Teacher On Your First Day Of School?
Teachers are an integral part of our life, at various stages of one’s life the role of a teacher or a mentor is unquestionable. Taking the responsibility of a teacher is not a child’s play, the future of many lives is in your hands.
Therefore, we salute all teachers and send across warm wishes and hugs along with congratulations to all the young teachers out there, who are stepping in the world of education providers.
We understand your nervousness for your first day as a teacher and you need to make a good impression not just for students, but also for your fellow teachers thus we offer our services to make this day as memorable as possible.
During your teaching career, you will get an opportunity to meet many teachers who will teach you something new and sometimes you’ll teach them. And its foundation will begin right from your first day when you will meet your fellow teachers and talk to them.
Don’t spoil this opportunity of making an impression just because you are nervous or aren’t confident.
Let us all take you through some basic communication tips for your first day at school.
1. Greet everyone well
Well, this is “the basic etiquette” to follow each day, every day with everyone. When you go to the Staff room or you are introduced to fellow teachers, then you should say Good Morning or hello with a smile.
Making a firm handshake is often taken as a sign of confidence. So, when you are meeting someone individually, then tell your name while shaking hands with them. Please note that if someone has already introduced you, do not repeat your name, just say hello and ask how you are?
Most importantly, always keep a smile on your face and make an eye contact while greeting them. Making an eye contact while conversation demonstrates your confidence and builds a little trust level.
2. Conversation starters
Mostly, the other teacher will start the conversation first out of curiosity. They will be interested in knowing about your college, your education, how are you feeling, how did you find the school, etc. Pre-prepare the answer to such questions beforehand so that you can answer them confidently.
Keep your answers brief, not too small and not too long either.
Let’s just say they do not start the conversation first and it comes up to you, pre – prepare what you can ask as well to avoid awkward silences. Your questions can start from how they are doing? As you haven’t already asked that.
Next, ask them about the class, subject they teach, how long they have been teaching and all. Make sure to include some questions related to attendance sheet, coursework, school rules, etc. while you are at it, as this will reflect your sincerity towards your job.
Now take care of two things here –
Firstly, do not ask any personal questions like their marital status or kids etc.. Or school related questions like how’s the school or does the salary come on time or not, as these questions might make the other person uncomfortable.
Secondly, do listen carefully when someone is answering your questions. For one, you will get new questions to ask. For example, if they say that they have studied in Punjab, you can always quote the obvious question about the food of Punjab.
On the other hand, you can easily predict whether the person in front of you have any interest in talking to you or not. If he doesn’t respond properly or not interrogating you for anything, then you should be silent.
3. Show your nervousness
Not just this helps making you a better impression, but arriving early allows you to reign in your anxiety and prepare yourself for the interview. No one wants to see a sweaty person walking in and apologising for the delay.
Arriving on time also reflects upon your commitment for the job. Please note before time means 15 – 20 minutes before the scheduled time. No one would appreciate you for sitting on the office stairs waiting for them while the office is still getting cleaned.
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