I know, I know…
it’s not even close to the time that we should be planning or thinking about back to school. I wanted to share now though because if you’re anything like me, even if you just finished your last day, you’re already thinking about what next school year is going to be like. For a teacher, going back to school can be super exciting and super stressful. Thinking about all of these brand new little friends you are going to make and wondering how your classroom routines will change for the upcoming school year was always something that made me have all kinds of emotions. I don’t know about you, but I always started to plan for the upcoming school year very soon after my school year ended! I am truly an over-planner, to a fault at times, so I have all kinds of tips and things that I use to make the beginning of the year run as smoothly as possible.
To be honest, I usually have all of my copies made weeks before the beginning of the school year. I stock up on my Astrobrights paper and go to town making sure all of the “paper work” I hand out at the start of the school year looks beautiful and serves a purpose. I always hand out a course outline (get one free here
), a welcome letter to parents
, andhomework coupons.
These are essential for back to school so that students and parents know the expectations in the classroom. I usually wait and hand these out to students on day 3 or 4 because the first couple of days are for me to get to know my students and for them to get to know me – and each other.