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The fact that your first impression on others often sets the stage for how they will perceive and relate to you far into the future can make introducing yourself to a classroom full of strangers a nerve-racking experience. Learning effective methods for self introduction can help educators connect with their students in a way that will have them interested in the class from the start, and it can help students form constructive relationships with their educators and peers early on.
Teachers: Capture Their Interests
Tell your students an interesting story or fact about your background. Share with them some of your hobbies, putting special emphasis on those that students their age are most likely to relate to, and throw in a humorous or unusual story that happened to you over the summer break. This shows them that their teacher is an interesting individual with whom they are lucky to get to spend an entire school year, and it captures their attention before you begin going into specifics about the class.
Teachers: Set Them at Ease
Students are often anxious on the first day of school and appreciate all of the reassurance you can offer that the class will be a positive experience and is nothing to worry about. Steer clear of any scare tactics; do not warn them that you will fail them without a second thought if they do not dedicate their lives to your class, and do not tell them how hard the work will be. Instead, express your enthusiasm for the subject matter. Tell a story of a student who enrolled in your class expecting to dread every second of it and wound up mailing you a letter thanking you for all of the new doors your class has opened for her. Let them know that the workload is manageable as long as they make genuine efforts at applying themselves.
Teachers: Encourage Students to Introduce Themselves
After you have told your students about yourself and provided an overview of the class, go around the room and encourage each student to tell you a little about himself. Have each student explain where he's from, what career he hopes to enter into in the future, and an interesting fact about himself. This communicates to your students that you are interested in connecting with each of them on a personal level and establishes a climate where most students will feel comfortable interacting with one another and with you.
Students: Tell Your Background
As a student, it helps to inform your teacher and other students of where you come from when introducing yourself. The place in which you spent most of your life thus far tells a lot about who you are and how your life experiences may be similar to or different from their own. The more people understand your background, the more they can relate to you.
Students: Be Interesting
Everyone has encountered some unique experience in their lifetime or has an unusual hobby or quirk that no one knows about. Sharing some interesting stories or titbits about yourself helps to establish you as an individual and shows your peers that you are an interesting person worth getting to know.
Remember that your teacher and peers, like you, are only human if you begin to feel intimidated by the prospect of disclosing personal facts about yourself. Realise that they are probably just as nervous as you, but that there is no logical reason to be nervous. If the event that someone responds negatively when you introduce yourself, make the decision not to associate with that person as much as possible in the future. Surround yourself with a group of peers who make you feel good about who you are.
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