When I started at my school, there was no orientation for new teachers. During that school year I would often think "I wish I had known that before now". I documented all of those items during the year and, with my principal's permission, created a new faculty orientation workshop. I lead it during a 1/2 day before the start of the school year. We go over important culture and practice items for our building, those things I wish I had known. We also tour the building to show them where the laminator is and who to ask if you need more tape. Important parts of the staff handbook and safety and duty protocols are discussed. The program has made it much easier for new faculty to assimilate into the school.
Idea No. 165