50 Back to School Tips for Teachers

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  1. Let go of last year. Start this year fresh.
  2. Shift your classroom layout from last school year. Keeping things fresh helps to motivate you.
  3. Set up desks, tables, and cabinets in a way conducive to learning.
  4. Purchase a new planner, tote bag, note cards, and other items to help you start the year with a fresh perspective.
  5. Provide your space with personality as well as structure. Adorn your classroom in a way that reflects your personality and teaching style. You will feel comfortable when you are in your element.
  6. Provide parents and learners a good first impression by approaching the year with a well-thought-out and organized plan.
  7. Plan an outline of the first few weeks for parents.
  8. Adorn your door and a bulletin board within your classroom.
  9. Piece together the first month of lesson plans with lots of interactivity to get all your learners involved. Let them collaborate and get to know one another.
  10. Learn all your learners’ names by the end of the first week. This is an important way to earn their respect.
  11. Plan your lessons. You don’t want your learners to be left with 15 minutes of nothing to do.
  12. Choose great books to read during those first days that will grab your learners’ attention and get them excited about starting the school year.
  13. Develop class spirit. Give your classroom a name and create a team environment within your classroom.
  14. Cooperate with other teachers. Joining forces within your team will empower you.
  15. Develop relationships. Get to know the staff. There will be a good time when you need their assistance.
  16. Become involved in school activities and staff functions. Be a known face around your school. Don’t stay isolated.
  17. Locate a colleague to whom you can turn for advice, share your triumphs, or simply unload about a classroom challenge.
  18. Build up your parent community. Contact parents within the initial week of school. Gaining parents’ trust is paramount.
  19. Open the doors of communication with parents. Give your learners’ parents your preferred contact information. Encourage questions.
  20. As you connect with others throughout the year, remember to keep an open mind and be willing to accept advice. It shows you are willing to grow Think Ahead & Organize
  21. Create a checklist. Write down everything you need to have a successful first few weeks. Then, work your way down the list.
  22. Take the time to understand the curriculum you will be teaching. Prioritize the standards that are essential and map them across the year.
  23. Get your class blog, webpage, and/or wiki ready.
  24. Make the first seating chart and label the desks. This initial seating chart could change quickly after the first few days of school, but you need a starting point.
  25. Create or update your substitute folder to include a seating chart, discipline plan, class bell schedule, and emergency lessons or activities.
  26. Keep good accounting records from the get-go. Establish a place for expense receipts that could be deductions come tax time.
  27. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try incorporating a new teaching strategy. Stay early, so you are prepared.
  28. Set goals and decide on benchmarks for what you want your learners to achieve.
  29. Keep the principal informed. If you plan to do anything new or unusual, make certain to run it by the principal well in advance.
  30. Start a communications log. A situation could occur where you need to show off your efforts.
  31. Don’t find yourself and your learners twiddling your thumbs. Your class control will go out the window fast. Keep games on hand for a moment’s downtime. Even “plan B” is still a plan!
  32. Don’t shortchange your own growth. Set goals for you to enhance specific areas of weakness.
  33. Build first-day activities that help learners learn about each other and you. Activities that move learners around will make them comfortable in the classroom.
  34. Don’t forget to smile. A smile is a great way to give learners exactly what they need.
  35. Compose a “Welcome To My Class” letter to learners. Share some facts about yourself.
  36. Collaboration is your friend, so begin this on day one. Get your learners involved with setting classroom best practices or rules. When children are a part of this important task, it becomes personal and gives them the incentive to meet these goals.
  37. Once class rules have been completed, post them in a place where all learners can see them, and you can refer to them when needed.
  38. Focus on the constructive actions of your learners. Give lots of praise when procedures are done well.
  39. Show respect to your learners by giving it and expecting it to be returned. Then do it again and again.
  40. Establish a personal relationship with every learner. Ask your learners about themselves. Prove you care about their wellbeing.
  41. Give positive discipline. When learners are corrected with love and patience, it encourages them to be their best.
  42. Help them to reach out if they need help in any way. Learners need to be their own best advocates.
  43. Give yourself pep talks about having lots of patience and a sense of humor.
  44. Spend your workdays planning. A well-thought plan should include built-in downtime.
  45. Toss in some laughter. Have a joke of the day. You’re relaxed just thinking about it, right?
  46. The start of school can be very hectic. A few deep breaths will help you decompress. Remember, learners are nervous too.
  47. Get yourself ready. Exercise, eat well, and rest. Keep it going throughout the school year.
  48. Plan a massage after the first week of school. Enough said on this one!
  49. Stay flexible. Things happen, and the best-made plans will be affected.
  50. Always give 100%. If you try your best, you will always be your best version of yourself.
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