The first day of school is almost always intimidating for students. There’s a new group of people you’ll have to interact with after a long summer layoff. You’ve got your new clothes on, your new class schedule, new classroom, new teachers, the entire experience can be a bit overwhelming.
Some teachers are oblivious to this fact or they’ve just been desensitized to it after years of the same old song and dance. To them, it’s nothing new.
But that’s not true of all teachers. Some not only take into consideration just how scary that big first day can be for some students and they decide to start things off on the right foot.
Like this teacher who gave all of her new students a goodie bag and fun poem to welcome them to her class.
The Fourth-Grade teacher’s awesome gesture was put up on her school’s Facebook page, where people applauded her kindness.
Jemille Malouf, Principal of the Bowen State School in Queensland, Australia said in an interview with Mamamia that the goodie bags and motivational poem received such a positive response that teachers are now recommending it to other teachers. It’s gotten so popular, that other schools have adopted the process.
“We don’t know, a lot of the time, what’s going on in children’s lives at home.
But what we can do is create an environment when they’re at school that they feel safe and secure and that they have someone that they trust that they can come to.
We’re not just teaching academically, which is what it used to be, but we’re actually doing a whole range of other things now as teachers,” Malouf told Mamamia.
Malouf went on to say that oftentimes, teachers use their own money to benefit their students. The goodie bags are just another example.
Here’s her poem in full:
Welcome to Year 4.
I am so glad that you’re here.
Here is a little goodie bag to help kick off the year.
The eraser is to remind you that it’s okay to make mistakes.
We’ll work and learn together, no matter what it takes.
The stickers mean we’ll stick together and work hard as a team.
The puzzle shows how we fit together, working towards a common theme.
The bookmark is to show you
You always have a place.
If you ever feel a little lost
We’ll help you find your space.
The Smarties are to remind you how smart I think you are.
Work hard and do your best
Remember to aim far!
Isn’t it awesome when teachers are awesome?