What to expect when new children enter your classroom:
Have realistic expectations...
Of behavior- the children who have been in your classroom know what you expect have them. They have had time to learn the way you like things done. It is important for new children to learn alongside other children who are already in the classroom in order to master the behaviors that you find most important. All teachers have a set of particulars that they find is important to them. Some keys to making this transition easier for other children, and for yourself, is to know what your particulars are. That is why I have an article on establishing keywords and procedures in your classroom. You can find that article here: (link) in case you're not aware. Most discipline problems happen as result of a lack of procedures and clear expectations at the children can grab a hold of. Once you know what you expect a new teacher than you are able to teach that to your children.
Of abilities: when having realistic expectations you need to recognize that the new children are younger than your current children, most likely. And since each child is different you must set your expectations for that child after doing an assessment of their abilities. This assessment can be formal or informal in nature. You can see what they are capable of doing by playing along sign them, by watching them, and by formally assessing them based on certain criteria. That criteria can be found using the Indiana learning foundations or by talking to your district supervisor.
Once you know what your child is capable of doing, then you as a teacher need to set your goals for that child as being one or two steps above what they currently can do.
I had a child who joined my 2 year old classroom. He was he was able to color only by scrubbing and using his elbow and shoulder to make large marks. So I did not expect his coloring pages to look as nice as the girls in my classroom who had been used to using the joints of their fingers and wrist to make small marks and color inside the lines. I still gave them all similar tasks, however what I expected from him was not what I expected from those girls. Overtime he was able to develop his ability to improve but still no where near where the girls were. And that is ok. Because he was improved from where he started and that's what matters.
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