First Day Of Schoolteach To Be Happy

Posted By admin On 29/12/21
  • Start Teaching on the First Day. Make sure you teach something on that first day of school. Do not spend the entire period on housekeeping tasks. Take attendance, go through the classroom syllabus and rules, and jump right in. Let your students know that your classroom is going to be a place of learning from day one.
  • Okay, yes, the first day of school should be kind of fun and exciting. But you shouldn’t intentionally make it a “fun day” or a “party day.” If you do, you are setting a very bad precedent and are just asking for your students to be out of control. Instead, start off the school year as structured as possible.

This is what you can expect from your first driving lesson. Please remember that every student is an individual and there are slight variations from lesson to lesson depending on a multitude of factors. If you have any questions or comments, share them in the comment section below. Thank you for reading, and Drive Happy!

1. Classrooms

Make it a habit to check out your assigned room in advance, to see if it has the features you were expecting. If you must change rooms, ask your department room scheduler.

For physical classroom maintenance problems (desks, chairs, windows, chalk, blackboards, etc.), you can contact Classroom Central: 642-2800.

For audio/visual equipment requests, contact Educational Technology Services 643-8637.

2. Waiting Lists and 'Shopping'

Every department has a different method for handling waiting lists, so check with your departmental administrative assistant or a colleague.

Remember that in many classes, students are 'shopping' on the first day, don't be surprised if there is turnover. This should not prevent you from conducting the first class as if all those present will be there for the duration.

3. The First Day of Class

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Here are some ideas for the first day of class:

  • Be Early. Arrive 5 minutes early for class. Whether inside or outside the classroom, let students know that you are ready to talk with them: smile, nod, make eye contact, chat, whatever suits your style.
  • Shake Hands. This simple gesture is powerful. In a large class, greet a few. You will find that those who are welcomed are more ready to respond in class.
  • Have Students Meet. Have students greet someone else in the class. Even if this ritual takes only 30 seconds, you should find that your class warms up considerably. Add some fun: have students use greeting rituals from various cultures, or ask students to create and lead the daily greeting (no embarrassing tricks allowed).
  • Social Ice Breakers. While often misunderstood and over-used, the right ice breaker can help a group of students get over the chill of anonymity.
  • Attention Grabber. Use a problem or a demonstration to capture students' imaginations about what is to come. Often, an intriguing example will provide a guiding context for the material that follows.
  • Make a real beginning to class. Not just on the first day, but every day. Don't say 'We might was well get started' or 'Let's get started.' Try instead, 'Good Morning, I'm Professor xyz. Welcome to Sociology 10.'
  • Use the whole class period, tell your students about yourself, discuss your teaching-learning philosophy, demonstrate your mode of teaching, cultivate your students' trust, foster a spirit of free and open inquiry, display your enthusiasm for the subject, and finally, display a sense of humor.
  • Don't run out of time. Have a real ending to the class, especially on the first day. Conclude with something like 'I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.'
  • Consider handing out a questionnaire, 'pre-test,' or quiz to get to know your students, and to let them know what they will need to know. (See Sample First Day of Class Questionnaire.)

Everyone is a bit nervous before their first driving lesson. We understand your fear, and we wrote this article to help reduce your fear by giving you an overview of a typical Lesson #1:


The NO List

  • NO freeway driving on the 1st lesson
  • NO angry instructors
  • NO cheating you out of lesson time


Your driving instructor will arrive on time. If your instructor is delayed for any reason, we will contact you to explain the situation. Please be ready to go when we arrive. You should bring the following items with you:

  • Your Instruction Permit
  • Corrective lenses in necessary (ie. glasses or contacts)
  • Sunglasses (If your lesson is scheduled during daylight hours, especially early morning or late afternoon)
  • A comfortable pair of shoes (Heels, platforms, and sandals are not advised)

If you have a cell phone, we would appreciate you turning it off, or onto silent mode. You don’t want your Arianna Grande ringtone going off in the middle of your first U-turn, do you? 😀

The first time you get in the car with your instructor, you will be in the passenger seat. We never start a student driver out in their own neighborhood. Why? Because having your family and friends snapping pictures, and peeking out from windows as you get behind-the-wheel will make you nervous. Your instructor will drive you a short distance to a quiet residential street.

Getting In The Driver Seat

Our training car is very customizable, to allow students of all heights to control the car comfortably. Your instructor will help you to adjust the seat, steering wheel, mirrors, and seat belts. If you have never driven a car before, don’t worry! Your instructor will also identify the basic control for you.

Start Your Engines!

Now, onto the fun part. Your first driving exercise will be a short trip around the block. The purpose of this drive is to allow the instructor to evaluate your starting skill level, and to give you a chance to get a feel for the training car. This is not a graded assignment. It’s OK if you don’t know what you’re doing, your instructor will not allow you to hit anything, or damage the training car. 😉

Circles And Circles

The next driving exercise will be completing basic right and left turns. Your instructor will teach you how and when to use the gas, brake, and steering wheel to make the car go where you’d like it to go. You will also learn how and when to use the turn signals, understanding and following the speed limits, and visual search/hazard avoidance techniques. The amount of time spent on this exercise varies, depending on your starting skill level, and your ability to learn and retain new skills. At some point during this exercise you may begin to realize that you ARE DRIVING A CAR, AND IT IS FUN! Smiling and laughing may occur. Your instructor will smile and laugh with you. Congratulations, and welcome to Drive Happy 😀

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Big Roads

The next exercise will introduce traffic and main roads. You will be leaving the quiet area and practicing right and left turns at major intersections controlled by lights. You will also learn how to locate and obey posted speed limits higher than 25mph. With more cars on the road, you will also how to measure and maintain a safe following distance, sharing the road with bicyclists and pedestrians, making protected and un-protected left turns, and how to make a right turn on a red light. Advanced students may also basic lane changes.

Winding Down

As you approach the last 30 minutes of your first driving lesson, you instructor will begin directing you towards your home. You will get to drive in your own neighborhood. We may also cover the skill of curb parking, and backing in a straight line. Very few new skills are introduced in the last 30 minutes because you have already absorbed an enormous amount of information and are starting to fatigue. At the end of the lesson, you will learn how to park in your driveway.


Having returned safely to your own driveway, your instructor will congratulate you on your progress and re-cap your lesson. Please do not ask your instructor if you are the worst driver we have ever seen. The answer will always be no. You are not a bad driver, you are a student driver! The instructor will then take the time to meet with your parents/guardian/spouse/etc. Your mom probably wants to get a picture of your sitting in the driver seat. Make mom happy, and don’t worry, this happens all the time! 😉

If no one is home, we will schedule a phone call or e-mail update.

Homework & Sceduling Your Next Lesson

First Day Of Schoolteach To Be Happy

Your instructor will probably give you a homework assignment. Don’t worry, it will be something fun (ie. go out and drive often, practice those right turns, watch the videos on our website, etc.) We will also try to schedule your next driving lesson. We are very flexible, however we suggest lessons to be no more than 2 weeks apart. If you are not able to practice in-between lesson we suggest that your lessons be as close together as possible. Repetition is the way to build good habits, drive often and you will drive safe.

This is what you can expect from your first driving lesson. Please remember that every student is an individual and there are slight variations from lesson to lesson depending on a multitude of factors. If you have any questions or comments, share them in the comment section below.

Thank you for reading, and Drive Happy! 🙂

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