How can you make the transition a positive one?
1) If you have a bulletin board display with student names on it, make sure you add this student's name to the display.
2) If your desks have name tags on them, make sure this student also has a name tag on his desk.
3) What are you doing regarding textbooks? Are the textbooks coming with him or will you be issuing new textbooks. If you're issuing new textbooks, they should already be issued and on his desk.
4) Take time to introduce yourself and have each student in the class introduce himself or herself. The students should also say one interesting thing about themselves.
5) If the new student feels comfortable, have him introduce himself and say one interesting thing about his life or his interests.
6) Assign a "buddy" to orient him to the classroom.
7) If you have any folders or journals issued to the students that the other teacher doesn't have - make sure you have these folders and journals ready to give to the new student.
8) Be warm and welcoming. Find opportunities to give this child verbal praise for appropriate behavior.
9) Contact the parents at the end of the day to introduce yourself. Talk about the experiences of the child's first day in your room. Hopefully the experiences will be positive - and in talking to the parents you will also establish rapport and lines of communication. (If the parents complain about the other teacher, deflect the coversation by changing subjects. DO NOT become defensive or allow yourself to get sucked into an unfortunate discussion).