6 Messages Every Student Should Hear On The First Day Of School


by Terry Heick & Jackie Gerstein

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I took an excerpt from a recent post by Jackie, 6 Activities I Use To Build Connections With Students At The Beginning Of The Year because it seemed too valuable to get veiled in a post on a variegated topic.

She was talking well-nigh messages she wants students to hear–to ‘start the year with.’ She didn’t intend for it to be an end-all/be-all of messages for all students everywhere, but rather the messages she delivers to her students in the context of what her students will be doing and how she will be teaching.

Because I liked her messages so much, I revised them a bit for a wider audience, which you’ll find below.

There are dozens of messages that students ‘need’ to hear, but I showed restraint (could’ve been 50) and stuck with six. If I did the post tomorrow, I may see it all differently. Feel self-ruling to add yours to the comments below.

6 Messages Every Student Should Hear On The First Day Of School

Beginning matriculation with a focus on connections rather than content gives learners the pursuit messages.

1. You are the focus of the class, not me. You are important as a learner and a human stuff in this class.

2. You are capable of anything.

3. You will be expected to engage in the learning activities during matriculation time. You will be an zippy learner. I, as the matriculation facilitator, will be just that – a facilitator. I will introduce the learning activities, but you will be responsible for the very learning.

4. Everything you do–good or ‘bad’–affects everyone else in the room. That ways everything you do matters considering you matter.

5. Struggling is a part of learning. If it’s simple or simply done, you’re probably not learning anything.

6. Your mindset matters increasingly than anything you do or don’t know/are or are not ‘good’ at, etc. 

6 Messages Every Student Should Hear On The First Day Of School