3 Easy Ways to Prepare For a Stress-Free Back to School

Summer is here! Sit back, relax, and... wait... you're planning for the new school year already?! Teachers don't let school go easily, do they?! Don't feel bad... I personally start thinking about the new school year before the current one is even done. (Is that bad??)

In my 18 years in the profession I've come up with THREE must-do items to prepare now for a stress-free back to school season!

Are you a teacher on summer vacation? Heading back to school is probably on your mind, even if you have weeks to go, so harness that energy and get these THREE things done now to make for a stress-free return to the classroom!


#1 - Plan

Most of you will at least know what grade you will be teaching. If you do, long-range planning is one thing you can get a start on now. Take a look at your curriculum documents, consider the resources you have at your disposal, and start mapping out when you'd like to cover the big ideas.

I also like to get my daybook resources prepped and ready-to-go during the summer break. For the past two years I have used the iDoceo app for electronic planning and record-keeping. You can check out a six-part series of blog posts about this beginning HERE. I can get my tentative timetable entered into the templates, and even add my student information if I have it!

Are you a teacher on summer vacation? Heading back to school is probably on your mind, even if you have weeks to go, so harness that energy and get these THREE things done now to make for a stress-free return to the classroom!

If you're more of a paper and Flair pens kind of gal... my Erin Condren life planner is never far from my reach, and the teacher planner looks amazing!!

Are you a teacher on summer vacation? Heading back to school is probably on your mind, even if you have weeks to go, so harness that energy and get these THREE things done now to make for a stress-free return to the classroom!

You can take a closer look at all the EC planner options HERE. (This is a referral link earning you $10 off when you use it!)

#2 - Print, Cut, Laminate

My new printer has been working overtime in the past week. (Thank goodness for Instant Ink!!) This really is the perfect time to get your new classroom decor, centers guided math, birthday gifts or whatever printed and prepared for heading back.

Are you a teacher on summer vacation? Heading back to school is probably on your mind, even if you have weeks to go, so harness that energy and get these THREE things done now to make for a stress-free return to the classroom!

I have been prepping my new NEON classroom decor,

Are you a teacher on summer vacation? Heading back to school is probably on your mind, even if you have weeks to go, so harness that energy and get these THREE things done now to make for a stress-free return to the classroom!

getting more of my differentiated word lists printed, cut and fastened with binder rings,

Are you a teacher on summer vacation? Heading back to school is probably on your mind, even if you have weeks to go, so harness that energy and get these THREE things done now to make for a stress-free return to the classroom!

and working on assembling the rest of my Guided Math centers.

Are you a teacher on summer vacation? Heading back to school is probably on your mind, even if you have weeks to go, so harness that energy and get these THREE things done now to make for a stress-free return to the classroom!

Having all of this done before I head back into the classroom will just mean one extra thing is already crossed off my long list!

# 3 - Relax, Refresh, Recharge

Possibly the most important item on my list... please don't forget to put school away and enjoy some time with family and friends. You can have a beautiful, Pinterest-worthy classroom with all the greatest resources prepared, but if you are run-down and tired heading back from vacation you won't be any good to anyone! 

Turn off the computer, silence your mobile devices, grab your running shoes and head outside - the first day will be upon you before you know it.

Are you a teacher on summer vacation? Heading back to school is probably on your mind, even if you have weeks to go, so harness that energy and get these THREE things done now to make for a stress-free return to the classroom!

You can check out more resources for getting yourself organized for back to school on these boards:



Until next time,

8 comments

  1. Hi there from another Mrs Beattie!! I teach Primary 3 here in Scotland (second grade where you are!) I found you through Pinterest (what did we do without it??) and love the sharing of ideas from around the world.

    Enjoy your summer break!

    Ali :-)

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    1. That's so neat, Ali! I'm so glad you found me and decided to leave a message! My husband's father came from Northern Ireland. :) Pinterest is my all-time favorite place to waste (ahem... spend!) my time! I hope you find something useful here on my little blog!

      Erin

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  2. Great post Erin! I love these tips and suggestions.

    Shelley

    The Write Stuff Teaching

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  3. Love these fabulous ideas! Thanks for linking up with us!

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    1. Thanks, Ashley! Thanks for the opportunity! Glad you stopped by! :)

      Erin

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  4. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing. I haven't been doing much of anything school-related, but I'm itching to start! Remembering to take time to enjoy what's left of summer is important too, though. You're so right!
    Jan
    Laughter and Consistency

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    1. The summer is absolutely FLYING by!! Get some good summer fun in while you can! :)

      Thanks for stopping by, Jan!

      Erin

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