It’s that time of year! Time to put the pool floaties and sunscreen away and grab your teacher bag and head back to the classroom! This time of the year is exciting for some, and….not too exciting for others.
Heading back to the classroom can feel overwhelming. I get it! There’s so much to do and it can be hard to even know where to start. There are classrooms to set up, copies to make, lessons to plan, students to meet, things to organize…the list goes on and on.
It doesn’t have to be so stressful though! You can have a great back-to-school experience.
Here are some of my top back to school tips for heading back to school without the chaos and stress.
- Get organized.
This one seems obvious but taking some extra steps to organize your classroom in a way that will improve efficiency will save you so much time and stress as the year goes on. Arrange supplies and even desks in a way that is conducive to learning and makes it easy for you to access what you need when you need it. Is there something you had to keep going back and forth for last year? Set up your classroom so that it is within reach this time.
2. Pick a new classroom theme.
Coming up with a theme that both you and your students will love is a great way to set the tone for your classroom as a welcoming space for everyone to relax and learn.
3. Come up with an outline for the first few weeks.
We all know those first weeks are a little bit more chaotic as students and teachers alike find their groove and get into a new routine. By planning out those first few weeks ahead of time, you’ll save yourself the trouble of doing it when you have several little fires to put out or tasks that pop up.
4. Establish an engaging classroom management system.
By coming up with something unique and fun with lots of incentives, students will easily adjust to the new rules and try their best to earn their rewards. This makes things much easier for you!
5. Get students involved in taking care of the classroom.
Classroom jobs are a great way to do this. It gives students the opportunity to take responsibility for the classroom by helping keep things clean, organized, and running smoothly. Classroom job ideas are trash collector, paper passer, line leader, attendance monitor, etc. This will give students a sense of pride in their work and it takes a lot off of your plate. It is also great for building a classroom community!
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I hope you love these back to school tips for teachers! For more tips for elementary students, check out my post here on fun ways to practice sight words.