Questions To Ask Your First Day Of School

  • Where and how do I secure supplies (chalk, erasers, paper, etc.)?
  • How do I check out regular and supplemental texts?
  • What are the procedures for use of audio-visual equipment?
  • How do I make arrangements for a field trip?
  • How do I sign my class up for the library?
  • What are the procedures for taking my class to an assembly?
  • When am I responsible for locking my room?
  • What machines are available for me to use--copier, computer, VCR, laminator, etc.?
  • Where can I get free and inexpensive materials?
  • With whom should I consult as I make decisions on the use of supplemental materials?
  • What are the attendance accounting procedures for students, and what are my responsibilities in attendance recordkeeping?
  • What do I do with any money I collect?
  • What are the grading guidelines for the school system? What documentation must I provide?
  • To whom do I report serious problems with a student's health or behavior?
  • What student records must I maintain in cumulative folders?
  • What procedures do other teachers in my school follow for contacting parents by letter or phone?
  • What should I expect from a parent conference?
  • What should I do if I must leave my room during class?
  • What should I do in case of a medical emergency in my classroom?
  • How do I handle a fight between students?
  • How do I report a disciplinary problem?
  • How do I arrange for a substitute?
  • How do I apply for personal, professional, vacation, or sick leave?
  • Are there any unwritten rules for teachers in my school?
  • What is my personnel file and what is in it?
  • Where do I go if I am having trouble?
  • How do I know if I am doing a good job?