An Analysis of Teachers’ Fears for the First Day of School
AbstractThis qualitative study focused on fears about the first day of school as expressed by three groups of educators: inexperienced teachers enrolled in an alternative certification program, paraprofessionals with classroom experience, and junior/senior education majors anticipating field experince. participant groups answered the open-ended question, "What is your biggest fear for the first day of school? Three dominant thematic categories emerged. The first and most frequent category, perception-of-self, described fears related to academic competency, personal self-control, and peer-student acceptance. Unique to this category was the fear of inappropriate or violent behavior. The second category, Perception-of-World, spoke to issues of classroom control and responsibillity. The third category, Fear-for-the Student, addressed emotional and physical safety of the student. This study provides vaious insights useful for teacher candidate preparation.