How do students get to know the schedule, teachers, principals, guidance counselors, locations, etc when they start at a new school?? When our sixth graders come to us, they are brand new to middle school, very nervous about such a large building, and have so many questions.....when do the class periods end, where is the nurse, how do the lockers work, WHEN IS LUNCH??
To help my homeroom students with all this information, I set aside time on the first day of school to have them find answers to some of these questions, using their assignment book/handbook. The information sheet I give them has about 30 questions about the school, including our homeroom number and the names of all the teachers on our team. This helps them get familiar with both their handbook and all of this new info. Then, over the next couple of days, we play "I Have, Who Has" with these questions several times. This really seems to help them learn and remember important details about their new school, and their anxiety quickly fades!