10 Steps to Success – It’s Time to Go Back to School

The start of the school year is approaching. It can be both extremely exciting and extremely overwhelming. There’s a lot of things to get done before the new school year begins. To make it easier for you we’ve created a few steps you should follow to be prepared for the big day.

Step 1: Arrange the furniture in your classroom. By now you should have been given access to your classrooms. If you’re in the same classroom as last year you may already know how you want to set it up. If it’s a brand new room, you may still have to figure it out. It will take a load off your mind to have your furniture arranged the way you want it. This means your desk, student desks, storage, you name it, it should be ready to go!

Step 2: Double check or finish up your lesson plans. You should have some lessons planned for the start of the year. You will also want to have some preparations for later in the year as well. Of course, lessons are altered and change depending on the needs of your class, but you’ll want to have at least some prepared before the first day!

Step 3: Once you have your lessons planned you can focus on doing some classroom decorating. Head into your classroom and put up your bulletin boards. You want to do this once furniture is arranged and lessons are planned to maximize your space and have the décor you want.

Step 4: Make your classroom inviting. A “Welcome” display on a wall or on your door is a great way to invite students into your classroom. You may also choose to place a small gift on each student’s desk. This can be a small goodie bag, a festive pencil, anything you want! Also consider adding something to your desk to make it more inviting as well, such as flowers. Of course, don’t place the flowers until the first day of school!

Step 5: Get all your supplies set up. This includes books, files, notebooks, planners, and more. Once this is finished, your classroom should be ready for the first day!

Step 6: Stock up on snacks and beverages for school. If you have a designated area in your classroom for these items, great! You may need a pick-me-up during the day. If not, label your items appropriately and place them in the teacher’s lounge.

Step 7: Take a moment to re-familiarize yourself with the school…or to do it for the first time! Take a walk around the building and take note of where everything is located. Review school procedures. Get information on events your school will be hosting. It’s important you know all about where you will be working not just for you, but for your students!

Step 8: Do small preparations the night before school starts. Lay out your outfit for the next day. Make your lunch and have it packed up. Save yourself as much time and stress as you can in the morning.

Step 9: Arrive early and introduce yourself to people. Re-connect with the people you met last year. Having other teachers to go to for advice is extremely valuable.

Step 10: Be in your classroom early. Do some last-minute checks. Open your blinds. Be at the door to greet your students, and do it with a smile.

Preparation can make your first few days go much more smoothly, and having these tasks done far ahead of time will significantly reduce your stress. Good luck!

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