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!
#1 - PlanMost 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!
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!!
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, LaminateMy 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.
I have been prepping my new NEON classroom decor,
getting more of my differentiated word lists printed, cut and fastened with binder rings,
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.
You can check out more resources for getting yourself organized for back to school on these boards:
Until next time,