Don’t Get Lost
“I’m in the land of giants. How do I get out of here?” seven-year-old David thought to himself.
After finishing lunch, he and his two friends had taken a wrong turn out of the cafeteria. Instead of finding themselves headed back to their second grade classroom, they had mistakenly entered…The Junior High part of the building.
Those sixth-seventh-eighth graders were HUGE! And they ALL seemed to know exactly where they were and where they were going. It was really scary.
All of this anxiety could have been avoided if he had just been given a tour of the school before the first day. It’s such a simple thing.
Before the first day of school, go to the building. Take a look at it. Where are the entrances? Where is the playground? What can you figure out just by looking at the outside?
Is there a map you can download or get from the school?
If you can get inside, do some exploring:
- Where is the lunchroom?
- Where is the PE area?
- Where is my classroom?
- Will I have to change classes? If so, where are the other rooms?
- Where is the office? (Hint…It’s almost always near the flagpole).
- Where are the bathrooms?
- Where is the library?
- Are there multiple ways to get to all of these rooms?
- In what order might I need to go from room to room?
- Take a few pictures so you can remember what it looks like
Getting lost can happen to anyone, but it is more apt to happen to students who struggle. Start the year by removing this anxiety. It’s such a simple thing thing to fix beforehand, but getting lost during school can ruin a whole day.
Make sure the first few days are fun and not an exercise in frustration.